School of Law News
16th Annual Supreme Court Review
Posted November 17, 2011
The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs hosted the 16th Annual Supreme Court Review on November 11 in the Blake Law Center. The seminar explored the constitutionality of the Federal Health Care Law, and the Court's recent decisions addressing First Amendment rights, criminal law, federalism, and regulation of business.
Leora Harpaz, Professor of Law, commented that “speech enjoys a very robust protection even from a very conservative Supreme Court. That I think is made clearest in Snyder v. Phelps, the military funeral protest case, and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the overturning of the ban of violent video games to children.” She went on to say that “there is a darker story to be told here as well. Some of these cases do seem to suggest robust protection for free speech that is particularly promoted by corporate and large money interests. Some of these cases do seem to have the court bending over to protect interests that are far away from the interest of every day citizens.”