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This program was recorded on September 19th, 2018
The First Amendment supplies important limitations on lawful interference with public protest, and important affirmative rights that enable protesters to speak informedly, effectively, and without interference from hecklers.
This doctrine is rapidly evolving to keep pace with the migration of public protests from town squares to the Internet and social media. Understanding these First Amendment and related rights are vital not only for protesters (and the journalists who cover them) to perform their important role in our democracy, but also for municipalities, government agencies, and government employees to avoid liability for violating them.
This course will cover the First Amendment and statutory rights applicable to every stage of a public protest, from information-gathering, protest-planning, site-selection, permissions and licensing, and performing physical and online protests. It will review government duties and liability, as well as issues arising from protests of private entities. It will also explore public-dissemination issues, including the rights of journalists and audience-members to record and disseminate recordings of protected expression.
All of these rights, duties, and limitations will be addressed from the perspectives of protesters, journalists, and government officials alike, with a focus on pragmatic issues and litigation tips for practitioners.
Patrick Kabat is a First Amendment lawyer with substantial practice experience in media and entertainment law. He has represented a marquee list of clients, including The New York Times, CNN, CBS, HBO, the ACLU, the Associated Press, and the Chicago Tribune in high-profile lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country.
His practice focuses on high-profile civil and appellate litigation, and he regularly counsels clients on novel issues regarding constitutional law, defamation, privacy, right of publicity, freedom of information, and other content-related issues.
A creative strategist, Patrick has successfully resolved content-related issues for a wide range of prominent clients, ranging from Hollywood studios to rock bands and mixologists. His experience litigating against government agencies makes him an effective advocate in white-collar criminal litigation and regulatory proceedings, and he has represented individuals and companies in regulated industries, defending enforcement actions and challenging unlawful regulations.
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