Despite 14 Years on State and Federal Courts of Appeal, Judge Barbara Lagoa Has Ruled on Few First Amendment-Related Cases

September 22, 2020   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , , ,

According to news reports, Judge Barbara Lagoa, currently serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is on the President’s ...

Campaign Legal Ctr. v. FEC (Hillary for Amer. and Correct the Record)

September 15, 2020   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

The Institute writes to flag an important and unsettled issue: the so-called media, or press, exemption. Although the FEC did not rely on the ...

The FEC’s Interpretation of the Press Exemption Is Almost Certainly Unconstitutional

September 14, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  ,

Since the 1980s, the FEC has interpreted the press exemption as serving the needs of the institutional press. This application relies on a likely ...

Coronavirus and Mass Protests Demonstrate Need to Proactively Protect First Amendment Rights

June 30, 2020   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , , ,

It is not enough just to try and protect free speech during an emergency. Rather, it is essential that, in advance of an emergency, ...

Campaign-Finance Laws Created Candidate Bloomberg

February 24, 2020   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

This piece, co-authored with John R. Lott Jr., originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on February 24, 2020.    House Democrats held a ...

Letter to Arizona Department of Child Safety Concerning Ban on Parental Criticism of Agency Actions

July 23, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

I write in response to a recent Arizona Republic article that reports at least one instance where your office has instructed a parent to ...

Round-Up: First Amendment Commentary on the Julian Assange Indictment

April 17, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech has been tracking discussion in the media on the potential First Amendment implications of the Justice Department’s recent indictment ...

Regulating Speakers Harms First Amendment Rights, Whether They’re Professional Journalists or Not

April 16, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , ,

Those rightly concerned about the creation of a sham “Journalism Ethics Board” should be similarly concerned about the immense powers granted to agencies, like ...

Iowa Legislature’s Denial of Press Credentials to Laura Belin

April 9, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech has engaged the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP to produce a legal memorandum analyzing whether the Iowa ...

Nieves v. Bartlett

The Supreme Court should reject any mode of analysis for First Amendment retaliatory arrest claims that permits official conduct to go unchecked that is ...

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