Symposium to examine school speech cases


Plaintiffs, defendants and attorneys from high profile cases to participate 

Participants in some of the most famous and precedent-setting school-based free speech legal cases of the past 40 years will gather in Kansas City in September for a unique symposium sponsored by the School of Law and the UMKC Law Review.

The two-day symposium is scheduled for September 20-21 at the UMKC School of Law, 500 E. 52nd St., Kansas City.

Plaintiffs, defendants and attorneys involved in landmark cases such as Tinker v. Des Moines, Bethel School District v. Fraser and Morse v. Frederick will participate in the two-day event, as well as participants from all sides involved in Widmar v. Vincent, the celebrated case involving UMKC that was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
David L. Hudson Jr., First Amendment Scholar at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and author of several books on student rights, will deliver the keynote address.

“This symposium offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from litigants involved in cases that shaped the course of free speech law in this country,” said Ellen Suni, dean of the UMKC School of Law.

The symposium offers CLE credits for attorneys and CE credits for educators. Admission is free for students, $50 for educators, $100 for the general public and $30 per credit hour or $245 for 10 credits for attorneys.

Registration and additional details are available online.

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