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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of speech is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, guaranteed in the First Amendment and held dear by liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. But this freedom has become fraught in America today. From college campuses to social media to sports fields to Presidential tweets, battles over the right to express ourselves, and how we may or may not do so, are reaching a fever pitch given political polarization, racial tensions, and “identity politics. How should this basic right be interpreted in the context of our times? Are lies and “fake news” protected speech? Does the First Amendment’s speech clause need a 21st-Century upgrade?
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Will Creeley began defending student and faculty rights for FIRE in 2006 after graduating from New York University School of Law, where he served as an associate executive editor for the New York University Law Review. Will has appeared on national cable television and radio on behalf of FIRE and has spoken to students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys at events across the country. Will’s writing has been published by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jurist, Inside Higher Ed, Daily Journal, the Charleston Law Review, and many other outlets. Will edited the second edition of FIRE’s Guide to Due Process and Campus Justice, co-edited the second edition of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus, and has coauthored amicus curiae briefs submitted to a number of courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. A member of the New York State Bar and the First Amendment Lawyers Association, Will serves as Co-Chair of the Education Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Will graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003. A proud native of Buffalo, New York, Will now lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
POST SESSION WRAP-UP
Roosevelt House, NY
April 15, 2018
Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy
Freedom of expression is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, guaranteed by the First Amendment and held dear for decades by citizens across the political spectrum. But with political tensions at a fever pitch nationwide, the freedom to speak one's mind has become fraught in recent years — and battles over student speech rights have taken center stage. Can students be punished for walking out in support of gun control? Should "alt-right" white supremacists be allowed to speak on campus? What about student groups like the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, or Students for Justice in Palestine? Can student athletes take a knee during the National Anthem? In sum: What does free speech mean for students today? Using recent headlines and ongoing controversies as our guide, we'll find out what happens when the First Amendment goes to school.
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Background resources on Freedom of Speech
Will Creeley on how students should respond to white supremacist Richard Spencer visiting the University of Florida
Ny times | October 19, 2017Read the article
Jamelle Bouie on the University of Oklahoma’s expulsion of fraternity members for a racist chant
Slate | MARCH 10 2015Read the article
Hip-Hop Stars Support Mississippi Rapper in First Amendment Case
Ny Times | December 20, 2015Read the article
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