First Amendment Law

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  — The First Amendment to the United States Constitution 

As part of my practice, First Amendment Law is my personal and professional commitment to combating censorship and to the preservation of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. My practice includes the area of advancing or defending First Amendment rights primarily in the area of adult entertainment. This includes counseling and advising on business relationships and contracts, 2257 regulations, obscenity, adult entertainment films and websites, and adult entertainers.

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2 responses to “First Amendment Law

  • Tasia

    Awsome!!! First Amendment rights are definately important! We all have these rights and they should be supported within the legal system!
    I would imagine the lines could get a little hazy at times, crossing over between first amendment rights and other rights we have as Americans. I bet that’s very interesting and challenging at times.

  • Facebook and the First Ammendment (by Jenny Hellner)

    A juror posted her opinion of guilt on facebook before the trial was over and the defendant’s guilt was decided. She was later reprimanded by the judge, and forced to write a paper regarding the importance of the law. I think we can all agree that she was guilty of extremely bad judgement.

    However, it seems unclear where the freedom of speach begins and the operation of the law and governments ends. In the Constitution, we are guaranteed the right to speak freely without any additional rules or stipulations. It does not say you may speak freely, but only as long as it foes not offend someone..or in this case as long as it does not interfere with the operation of the law. As the internet becomes more and more powerful in our society, this line will continue to become more and more gray. Should the juror be held in contempt for merely excercising her right to speak freely?

    I believe that she should have been punished. The constitution gave us the right of speech, assuming that our rights to speak out against the government would be oppressed as they had been by the British. I do not think they intended this to mean that an individual can say whatever they want regardless of what damage it may cause. Words are very powerful and incite a riot or bring down a government if used carelessly. I think that this issue brings up a very important aspect to our constitution. It proves the importance of our governments’ ability to change and mold to the issues that come up as society changes. We have come a long way from communicating by mail delivered by horse or boat. Along with that change, comes our need to objectionally acesss how these changes impact our constitution.

    I firmly believe that our right to speak is one of the most important rights as citizens, and must be protected. However, it is dangerous to allow people to raom about saying whatever they want without some sort of consequnce. Another issue regarding freedom of speech and the government in the news right now is the leaking of government documents online. It will be interesting to see how the first ammendment and the law battle this issue out in the future.
    Jenny Hellner

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