Campus Conversations: Legal Matters | The Justice Department: Friend of the Court, Foe of the University?
November 14, 2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is pleased to present our first in a series of conversations intended to spark discussion regarding timely legal issues specific to higher education institutions. On November 14, Government & Internal Investigations Partner Brian M. Feldman and Higher Education Partners Theresa A. Conroy and Julia E. Green kicked off our series with a webinar discussion of the U.S. Department of Justice’s current focus on protecting first amendment rights on college campuses.
The Justice Department is vigorously and vocally inserting itself into private suits against colleges and universities. Under the new Administration, the Justice Department has declared itself “resolutely committed to upholding the First Amendment’s first freedoms in our university and college communities.” To date, the Justice Department has filed briefs in four private cases challenging what it views as unconstitutional campus speech codes. The Head of the Civil Rights Division recently stated that the Justice Department “remain[s] on the lookout for more.”
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