Learn the basics about First Amendment law here.

Online Resources

The American Library Association has lots of great info about censorship and the First Amendment.

Wikipedia has a pretty good collection of Supreme Court cases about the First Amendment, as does the Bill of Rights Institute’s website. (The latter has short summaries of the cases too.)

The First Amendment Center has nice, short summaries of how free-speech rights change based on the type of “public forum” in which the speech takes place.

David Bernstein from GMU Law School has a very thorough, informative piece on the freedom of assembly and petition.

Scholarly Articles

Patrick Miller has an interesting law review Note called University Regulation of Student Speech, in which he examines complicated First Amendment issues of student speech on college campuses.

Randy Kozel at Notre Dame has an article called Precedent and Speech, in which he evaluates the Supreme Court’s willingness to revisit its own prior cases about free speech.

Morgan Weiland at Stanford published an article titled Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core, in which she argues that the Supreme Court has advanced a “libertarian” tradition of free speech that uses the so-called “right to listen” as a way to expand free-speech rights for corporations.

Leslie Kendrick at Virginia has an article titled Use Your Words, in which she argues that speech (i.e., using words) is special and different from other forms of First Amendment conduct.  She acknowledges “that speech acts, and acts speak.”  But, she says, “we prize speech because it communicates differently from, and often better than, other activities.”

Books (We haven’t read any of these yet)