Christopher Hopkins discusses First Amendment & Social Media at University of Miami Law School

1st Amendment

A special thanks to professor Jan Jacobowitz for inviting me to speak about the First Amendment and Social Media as part of her Social Media and the Law class at the University of Miami Law School.

Some of the cases we covered include:

Elonis v US

US v Elonis

In Re Honorable Michelle Slaughter

Bell v Itawamba (2014 and 2015 opinions)

Fox v. Hamptons at Metrowest Condo. Assoc.

Reno v. ACLU

Packingham v North Carolina

Davison v Loudon County

J.A.W. v Florida

and the pending First Amendment cases in front of the US Supreme Court:

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becera

Minnesota Voters Alliance v Mansky

Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Janus v. American Federation

You can download the Powerpoint here.

Thanks again to professor Jacobowitz and her students!

Image credit: Law Dragon

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