Superior Court of New Jersey,
The Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth Vicinage main activities were held in May and continued into June. Students were commissioned to submit original art and essays to the Creative Contest, detailing the importance of public access to records, and the right of citizens to exercise free speech.
Students who submitted entries were invited to a special session on May 1, with a First Amendment Constitutional scholar who represents the NJ Press Association. The first week of June, the Court held 3 symposiums for students to expand upon their First Amendment knowledge of free speech rights. Students could select their module led by judges, Monmouth County Bar Association members, media professionals and media attorneys. Topics included: Landmark Constitutional Cases on Free Speech and OPRA, When Speech Can Have Criminal Consequences, and When Speech Can Create Civil Liability. Each session had candid discussions about how the digital and cyber landscape plays a part in free speech, especially for youth. The exercises that accompanied the sessions were attention grabbing and meant to engage and impact participants. www.njcourts.gov