Frank LoMonte on First Amendment Rights and Whether Open Government Laws Might Be Unconstitutional

March 2, 2011

Frank D. LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, writes for the American Constitution Society’s blog on a case before the Supreme Court that addresses the First Amendment rights of public employees. Do laws against conflict of interest, or requiring transparency and open meetings (such as for student government meetings at public universities), need to meet the very high standards of strict scrutiny in order to protect the First Amendment rights of individuals holding government positions? Or do government officials not have this level of First Amendment rights when they are fulfilling their official dutiesCheck it out.