How First Amendment Procedures Protect First Amendment Substance

39 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016 Last revised: 19 Mar 2016

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Erik Jaffe

Erik S. Jaffe, PC; Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group

Aaron H. Caplan

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Robert A. Destro

Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law

Todd Graves

Graves Garrett LLC

Alan B. Morrison

George Washington University - Law School

Eugene Volokh

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

David R. Stras

Minnesota Supreme Court

Date Written: March 2, 2016

Abstract

A panel of scholars, judges, and practitioners appeared at the 2014 National Lawyers Convention of the Federalist Society to discuss the many ways that court procedures relate to First Amendment rights. Free speech cases involve many unique procedural concepts such as the prior restraint doctrine (forbidding certain speech-restrictive procedures), the relaxation of ordinary standing and ripeness rules when a law is challenged for overbreadth, the allocation of the burden of proof in defamation matters, and the guarantee of independent appellate review. The panel explored how these and other rules can affect how free speech cases are litigated, spurring a lively discussion of the proper role of witnesses at trial in free speech cases.

The panelists were Erik S. Jaffe, Aaron H. Caplan, Robert A. Destro, Todd P. Graves, Alan B. Morrison, Eugen Volokh, and The Hon. David R. Stras.

Suggested Citation

Jaffe, Erik and Caplan, Aaron H. and Destro, Robert A. and Graves, Todd and Morrison, Alan B. and Volokh, Eugene and Stras, David R., How First Amendment Procedures Protect First Amendment Substance (March 2, 2016). 65 Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 185 (2015); Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-08; UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740928

Erik Jaffe

Erik S. Jaffe, PC; Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group ( email )

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Aaron H. Caplan (Contact Author)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )

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Robert A. Destro

Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law ( email )

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Todd Graves

Graves Garrett LLC ( email )

Kansas City, MO
United States

Alan B. Morrison

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Eugene Volokh

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
310-206-3926 (Phone)
310-206-6489 (Fax)

David R. Stras

Minnesota Supreme Court ( email )

25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155
United States

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