On September 14, FIRE will proudly offer our first Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course in Manhattan. Our course, entitled "Free Speech 101: Protecting Free Expression and the First Amendment at our Nation’s Colleges and Universities," will provide an in-depth examination of the state of the law on freedom of speech on today’s college campuses.
I’ll be teaching the course with my Associate Director of Legal and Public Advocacy, Azhar Majeed. I know I speak for Azhar when I say that we are both very excited about this chance to teach our fellow attorneys about the decades of precedent from the Supreme Court and lower courts upholding First Amendment protections on college campuses, emphasizing the primacy of free speech and academic freedom in higher education, and designating the university campus as peculiarly the "marketplace of ideas," where unfettered expression creates informed citizens and ultimately contributes to the health of our democracy.
FIRE’s CLE has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 credit hours in "Areas of Professional Practice," and is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Attending our CLS costs just $40—a bargain, as my fellow lawyers know—and we are now accepting online registration:
Members of FIRE’s Legal Network may attend free of charge and should register by sending me an e-mail. Financial aid is also available for qualifying attorneys; more details are available on our course information page.
Attorneys in Pennsylvania should know that FIRE has applied for accreditation with the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board, and we will keep you posted about the status of our pending request. And to those attorneys across the country interested in attending FIRE CLE courses via webcasts or other non-traditional presentation methods, stay tuned! We are planning to offer such options in the near future, and we’ll make sure to spread the word far and wide when we’re up and running.
I hope to see you in Manhattan in September!