South Dakota Law Punishes Protesters

June 19, 2019   •  By Mark D'Ostilio   •  , ,

South Dakota has become a hostile environment for those who enjoy exercising their right to free speech. Over the past few months, the right ...

Center for Democracy & Technology Coalition Letter to Department of Homeland Security

May 1, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

We are a coalition of 103 civil liberties, civil rights, corporate responsibility, faith-based, human rights, immigrant rights, journalism, media, privacy, and government transparency organizations, ...

Arkansas Times LP, v. Waldrip, et al.

April 16, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

Political boycotts combine associational and expressive activities that are each protected by the First Amendment. And, just as the political boycott is more than ...

Coalition Letter to U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

April 1, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

PDF of coalition letter available here The Honorable Raúl Grijalva The Honorable Rob Bishop Dear Chairman Grijalva and Ranking Member Bishop: We, the undersigned ...

Concerns with and Suggested Fixes to Indiana S.B. 471

March 18, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

The goal of S.B. 471, to protect manufacturing and vital utilities, is certainly laudable. However, the measure’s vague language would greatly chill free speech ...

Comments to National Park Service on Proposed Rule Regarding Demonstrations and Special Events in the National Capital Region, 83 Fed. Reg. 40460 (Aug. 15, 2018)

October 15, 2018   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of the First Amendment. Accordingly, it is acutely concerned with ...

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 ...

Part III: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Joins Pro-Speech Opinion Upholding Rights of Protesters

July 5, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Hon. Brett Kavanaugh United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-Present) This post is the third in a series exploring ...

More on Judge Diane Sykes: From Backpage’s Adult Ads to Anti-Gay Protests, a Strong Defense of Free Speech

January 26, 2017   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

Hon. Diane Sykes United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2004-Present); Wisconsin Supreme Court (1999-2004); Milwaukee County Circuit Court (1992-1999) This post ...

In Defense of Protests

November 28, 2016   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

After the election of Donald Trump, those unhappy with the results began protesting across the country. The #NotMyPresident movement is almost certainly futile – ...

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