December 04, 2017

ABA to host program on free speech and free press

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2017 — Recent challenges involving free speech and free press will be the focus of the American Bar Association program, Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope, Dec. 6 at the ABA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: 
New Controversies on the Slippery Slope,
Presented by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
A reception will follow.

American Bar Association
John Marshall Conference Room—5th floor
1050 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Discussion topics include:

  • White House criticism of the news media
  • Clashes on college campuses over controversial speakers
  • The National Football League “take a knee” movement
  • Free speech issues in the pending Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which involves a Colorado baker’s refusal to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple

The moderator for the discussion is Stephen Wermiel, a professor at American University Washington College of Law and co-chair of ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice First Amendment Rights Committee. Panelists include Robert Corn-Revere, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine; Catherine Ross, a professor at George Washington University Law School; and Gene Policinski, senior vice president of the Newseum Institute First Amendment Center.

Register here for the event.

Register here to view the program as a live webinar.

This event is open to members of the media. For press credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at

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