FAN 46.1 (First Amendment News) The Court’s 2014-15 Free Expression Docket & Other News

The next FAN posting (#47, this Wednesday) will be an anniversary issue dedicated entirely to an account of Fox v. Washington (1915), a First Amendment opinion authored by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes for a unanimous Court. Given that, I thought I’d offer a few news items, including an update of the Court’s Free Expression Docket.



The Court’s next Conference is on February 20, 2015.

Review Granted

  1. Elonis v. United States (argued on 12-1-14)
  2. Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar (argued 1-20-15)
  3. Reed v. Town of Gilbert (argued on 1-12-15)
  4. Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans (license plate case) (to be argued 3-23-15)

Pending Petitions 

  1. Berger v. American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (license plate case)
  2. Thayer v. City of Worcester
  3. The Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York (see Becket Fund amicus brief of Michael McConnell)
  4. Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District (re Mary Beth Tinker amicus brief)
  5. Kagan v. City of New Orleans (see Cato amicus brief  of Ilya Shapiro & Eugene Volokh)
  6. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, et al.
  7. on 8 v. Bowen

Review Denied

  1. Pregnancy Care Center of New York v. City of New York 
  2. City of Indianapolis, Indiana v. Annex Books, Inc.
  3. Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. v. United States 
  4. Mehanna v. United States
  5. Stop This Insanity Inc Employee Leadership Fund et al  v. Federal Election Commission
  6. Vermont Right to Life Committee, et al v. Sorrell

New Scholarly Articles

  1. Ashutosh Avinash Bhagwat, “Posner, Blackstone, and Prior Restraints on Speech,” SSRN (Feb. 4, 2015)
  2. Cristina Lockwood, “Creating Ambiguity in the Void for Vagueness Doctrine by Avoiding a Vagueness Determination in Review of Federal Laws,” Syracuse Law Review (forthcoming, 2015)
  3. John M. Guice, “Keeping Faith with Ferber: Why States May Criminalize Sexual Imaging of Minors Above the Age of Consent for Sexual Activity,” SSRN (Feb. 3, 2015)
  4. Marion Crain & Kenneth Matheny, “Beyond Unions, Notwithstanding Labor Law, UC Irvine Law Review  (2014)
  5. Jeffrey Omar Usman, “Finding the Lost Involuntary Public Figure,Utah Law Review (2014)

News Stories & Op-eds 

 Timothy Garton Ash, “Defying the Assassin’s Veto,” New York Review of Books, Feb. 19, 2015

Cato Institute Launches “Protect Internet Freedom” Petition Campaign

  1. Fazila Farouk, “Onward with the struggle for free speech,” The Media Online, Feb. 9, 2015
  2. Gene Lyons, “Do liberals have a free speech problem?,” Battle Creek Enquirer, Feb. 9, 2015
  3. Scott Flaherty, “Sun-Times Loses First Amendment Fight over Cops’ Personal Info,” Am Law Litigation Daily, Feb. 8, 2015
  4. Sulina Gabale & Matthew Kane, “FTC Ignores the First Amendment with $9 Million Fine Against Weight Loss Supplement Company,” JDSupra Business Advisor, Feb. 7, 2015
  5. Allan Favish, “Constitutional senior lecturer-in-chief misunderstands the First Amendment,” American Thinker, Feb. 6, 2015
  6. Peter Hetland, “Outrage can’t overpower free speech,” Post-Crescent, Feb. 6, 2015
  7. Ashley Alman, “Obama Calls For Balancing Free Speech With Respect For Religion,” Huffington Post, Feb. 5, 2015
  8. Andrew Beaujon, “Fairfax Photo Fees Threaten First Amendment Rights, Press Photographers Say,Washingtonian, Feb. 5, 2015
  9. Alexandria Burris, “First Amendment issues surface in Little Free Library case,” Shreveport Times, Feb. 5, 2015
  10. Lana Shadwick, “Texas Supreme Court Urged to Reconsider First Amendment Blog Case,” Breitbart News, Feb. 4, 2015

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