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Understanding The First Amendment in 2021

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On January 25, 2021, partner Tom Leatherbury presented alongside Sylvia Komatsu, Chief Content Officer, KERA Public Radio, on “Understanding the First Amendment in 2021” as part of Business Council for the Arts’ (BCA) “Across the Board” series, featuring talks by their board members. BCA works with businesses and municipalities to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community in North Texas.

Misunderstanding about the First Amendment is at the heart of many of the rancorous conversations we are having as a nation and as individuals. The First Amendment of our U.S. Constitution protects democracy by safeguarding the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, petition, and religion against government interference. But its safeguards are not absolute. This program explored where individual rights stop and where the government’s ability to regulate begins.

To view a recording of the presentation, visit this link.

To view additional resources such as cases, books, and podcasts about the First Amendment, see this list.

This information is provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.