The Supreme Court’s First Amendment docket didn’t disappoint in 2000-2021. The Court heard cases involving the speech and association rights in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, involving a challenge to California’s charitable donor-disclosure requirement; the speech right in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., involving a challenge to a school’s suspension of a student for off-campus speech; and the free exercise right in Fulton v. Philadelphia involving a challenge to the city’s non-discrimination requirement for its government contractors. Kirti Datla, Director of Strategic Legal Advocacy at Earthjustice, will discuss general trends in the Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence, these cases and the religious liberty cases related to COVID-19 restrictions that the Court decided on its “shadow docket.” Ms. Datla authored an amicus brief for the State and Local Legal Center in Carney v. Adams, a challenge to Delaware’s partisan-balance requirements for its judiciary.
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