DeJohn Decision Garners Widespread Attention

By August 5, 2008

Yesterday we reported on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s decision in DeJohn vs. Temple University, in which Temple University’s former speech code was ruled facially unconstitutional. The decision marks a major victory for Christian DeJohn, the graduate student who sued the university over its speech code, as well as for FIRE, whichtogether with a host of diverse civil liberties organizationssubmitted an amicus brief in support of the case.

News of the decision has attracted interest throughout and beyond the legal and educational news communities. Law.com, Jurist, and the Volokh Conspiracy have all tackled the subject. How Appealing has pointed to the case as well. DeJohn was also covered today by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, and discussed in blogs by Hans Bader at Openmarket.org and John K. Wilson at College Freedom. The Bulletin, a Philadelphia-based daily newspaper, has also featured the story.

FIRE is pleased to see so much attention drawn to the precedent set by the Third Circuit’s decision. We expect to report again soon on the wider coverage prompted by the decision. In the meantime, be sure to read our blog series, which begins with Kelly’s, Adam’s, and Samantha’s posts, if you haven’t already, and keep checking the Torch throughout the week as we continue our discussion of the DeJohn ruling and its implications.

Schools: Temple University