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Laura Weinrib: The First Weaponization of the First Amendment

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Hale Science, Room 270

1350 Pleasant Street

Boulder, CO 80302

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The Western Civ Dialogue Series presents:

Last spring, Justice Elena Kagan, charged the Supreme Court’s conservative justices with “weaponizing the First Amendment.” In this talk, Laura Weinrib will explain how radical labor activists first “weaponized” the First Amendment during the 1930s. Their unlikely coalition with business leaders made judicial enforcement of free speech a central feature of American constitutional democracy. Weinrib will explore why their forgotten bargain backfired, with important implications for the contest over constitutional rights today.

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Laura Weinrib, Professor of Law and Associate member of the Department of History at the University of Chicago Law School

Co-Sponsored by:
Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy (CWCTP)
LeRoy Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment
History Department
Center for Communication and Democratic Engagement

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