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Reminder to Attorneys in New York and Pennsylvania: Sign Up Now for FIRE's CLE Course!

With the calendar turning to September, I want to let attorneys in New York and Pennsylvania know that they still have time to sign up for FIRE's first-ever Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course. FIRE's CLE, "Free Speech 101: Protecting Free Expression and the First Amendment at our Nation's Colleges and Universities," will take place on Tuesday, September 14, in New York City, and you can register online here or by clicking the button below.

Here are the key details for the time and place of our CLE:

September 14, 2010
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
22 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016

FIRE's CLE, which will be taught by Will Creeley, our director of legal and public advocacy, along with me, will provide an in-depth examination of the state of the law on freedom of speech on today's college campuses. The course will discuss 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." The course will then examine the fact that in spite of this judicial clarity, colleges and universities continue to maintain speech codes, university regulations prohibiting expression that would be constitutionally protected off-campus, denying students and faculty the right to free speech.

The course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for two credit hours in "Areas of Professional Practice." The course has also been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure CLE credit. It is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Registration for FIRE's CLE costs $40, and financial aid is available. Members of FIRE's Legal Network may attend free of charge. Full details and online registration are available here.

With just under two weeks left to register, I encourage attorneys interested in our course to register today! The course promises to be a very interesting one, as FIRE shares the unique knowledge of campus speech rights that we have gleaned over our decade of existence. For more information, please visit our main CLE page or contact Will at

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