CLE: State of the First Amendment
Wed, November 6, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM CT
Gene Policinski, president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute, will moderate a discussion on the State of the First Amendment, drawing on the Institute's annual survey of the American public, with commentary from local journalist Robert Patrick, reporter on federal courts and federal law enforcement for the St. Louis Post Dispatch and U.S. Magistrate Judge and former journalist Noelle C. Collins. Also taking part in the discussion will be heroes of the First Amendment Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy (Kuhlmeier) Frey. Tinker's landmark case, Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969, was decided 50 years ago this year. Frey's case, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988, still resonates today and is part of the inspiration for 2019 being declared the "Year of the Student Journalist" and for the advancement of "New Voices" laws protecting student journalists around the country.
Registration, Networking, and Lunch (included)
11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
|Seminar (1.0 MO MCLE Hours)|
Hon. Noelle C. Collins
Judge Collins was appointed as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in 2013. Prior to her time on the bench, she was a journalist in New York, an attorney at Stinson, Morrison, Hecker and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for almost 10 years. Judge Collins received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.S. two years later from the same school. She earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
President and Chief Operating Officer, Freedom Forum Institute. One of the founding editors of USA Today, he oversees all programs of the Freedom Forum Institute and also is a longtime proponent of diversity in journalism as an essential element of a free press. A veteran multimedia journalist, he also writes, lectures and is interviewed regularly on First Amendment issues. In 1996, he joined the Freedom Forum, the foundation that is the principal funder of the Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute. He hosts or co-hosts a variety of online audio and video programs produced by the Freedom Forum Institute, including "The First Five" podcast, and is a co-author of the nationally distributed commentary "Inside the First Amendment."
Reporter on Federal Courts for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Robert Patrick has covered federal courts and federal law enforcement for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 2006, and St. Louis city courts before that. After earning a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, he worked as a researcher for the Washington, DC-based investigative team of The Los Angeles Times before moving to Florida to cover public safety in Manatee County for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Mary Beth Tinker
Tinker's landmark case, Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969, was decided 50 years ago this year. As a 13-year old student in eighth grade, Marty Beth was stronlgy affected by news of the Vietnam War. She and her brothers and sisters, along with other students in Des Moines, decided to wear black armbands to school to mourn the death on both sides and to show support for a truce. The school tried to block the students from wearing the armbands and most of the students who wore them were suspended. They sued the school district for violating their First Amendment rights. The case made its way to the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and eventually to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled in favor of the students, stating "It can hardly be argued neither students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." The case continues to be cited in most student speech cases to this day.
Cathy (Kuhlmeier) Frey
As a high school junior, Frey and other students in the Journalism II class at Hazelwood East in St. Louis wrote stories about their peers' experiences with teen pregnancy and the impact of divorce. When they published the articles in the school newspaper The Spectrum, the principal deleted the pages that contained the stories prior to publication, without telling the students. Suing the school district for violation of their First Amendment rights, the students took their case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Missouri. The case made its way to the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court. Though the Court ruled that the principal's action did not violate the First Amendment, the case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988, still resonates today and is part of the inspiration for 2019 being declared the "Year of the Student Journalist" and for the advancement of "New Voices" laws protecting student journalists around the country.
Missouri Bar, MCLE Department
Credit has been approved with the Missouri Bar, MCLE Department for 1.00 MO MCLE credit.
Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room, 1st Floor
111 South Tenth Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
Everyone will need to enter through courthouse security. Legal photo ID required.
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Wed, November 6, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM CT
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