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First Amendment

Podcast: Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100

June 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

Cybersecurity expert Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck of the University of Texas explore the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication.

When the Supreme Court ruled to allow American flag burning

June 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1989, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag in a landmark First Amendment decision.

West Virginia v. Barnette: The freedom to not pledge allegiance

June 14, 2017 By Symone Mazzotta

On June 14, 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that public school students cannot be forced to salute and pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag.

The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

Can President Trump block people on Twitter?

June 9, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

One legal group says that's a violation of the First Amendment.

Podcast: The soul of the First Amendment

June 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

Celebrated First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than anywhere else in the world.

Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic statement on contraception and privacy

June 7, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

It was on this day in 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case about contraception use by married couples that laid the groundwork for a constitutional “right to privacy” in the United States.

Podcast: Will the President’s travel ban hold up in court?

May 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

Leah Litman of the University of California, Irvine, and Earl Maltz of Rutgers University discuss the latest legal developments and how the ban may ultimately fare at the Supreme Court.

Video: Floyd Abrams and the Soul of the First Amendment

May 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

Floyd Abrams, celebrated First Amendment lawyer, discusses his new book, The Soul of the First Amendment, and examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than anywhere else in the world.

Is the American free speech consensus under attack?

May 3, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.

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