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The First Amendment: Five Freedoms, Contextualized

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Produced on June 29, 2017

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Course Information

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

Perhaps now more than ever, the rights set forth in the First Amendment are of critical importance in American civil society. While many may associate the First Amendment with only a hazy concept of “free speech”, there are five separate freedoms announced in the First Amendment: freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, and the prohibition of an establishment of a state religion in America. These limitations on government power over individual expression and association form the vital core of our concept of civil liberties.

In this course, we will explore the freedoms and rights set forth in the First Amendment in historical context, and discuss practical examples of how those rights may be improperly restricted by governments, and actions that can be taken by conscientious practitioners to frustrate those improper restrictions. We will provide guidance for asserting First Amendment issues in §1983 litigation for redress of violations of rights, and provide talking points for explaining First Amendment freedoms for laypersons.

This course, presented by Samuel B. Cohen, noted New York §1983 practitioner, will provide practitioners with key insights into the fundamental purposes of the First Amendment, and tips for practical applications of First Amendment rights in a variety of contexts.   


Learning Objectives: 
  1. Introduce the First Amendment and First Amendment Rights
  2. Discuss the evolution of First Amendment rights over time
  3. Provide practical guidance for asserting First Amendment violations in §1983 practice
  4. Explore current and pending First Amendment issues 


Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

Lawline reports attorney attendance in select states. View more about CLE reporting .

Faculty

Samuel B. Cohen

Samuel B. Cohen Law

Samuel B. Cohen is an attorney and counselor at law, admitted to practice in the State Courts of New York, the Federal Southern and Eastern District Courts for New York, and the Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in the Social Sciences from Hampshire College.

Samuel began his legal career as a litigation paralegal at the law firm Jaffe & Asher LLP, and served as the legal affairs director for the New York Dance Parade during law school, where he conducted independent studies in intellectual property issues, and received an award for research work in mixed for-profit/non-profit entities. Hired first as a clerk and then as an associate by prominent New York attorney Wylie M. Stecklow, Samuel discovered an aptitude and passion for civil rights litigation, and quickly rose to prominence among the civil rights bar.

Samuel lives with his wife, their devoted Boston Terrier “The Frances,” and two black cats, “Biggie” and “Puck.” He is an avid traveler and reader who enjoys finding interesting street art and exploring new places.




Reviews

JN
Jeanne Anne N.

Fabulous. great presenter. made it so easy to listen to.

JB
John B.

Another excellent presentation!

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Stephen E.

Very good and immensely interesting.

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Kevin S.

very good speaker and program

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tina w.

Very interesting. The speaker's approach in providing the historical roots of the first amendment up to current day case law and trends was great

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Mike S.

The presenter has a very conversational but effective style that was engaging and kept my attention.

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John C.

excellent CLE

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Dewayne H.

Excellent presentation. I would definitely watch other videos presented by Mr. Cohen.

JB
Janine B.

Excellent presentation. I particularly liked his ability to combine his personal experience with the case law and the Constitution’s scholarly interpretation over the years since ratification.

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David R.

Effective survey of a broad topic.

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Gregory L.

Mr. Cohen's presentation is thorough, logical and understandable.

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Mary F W.

Mr. Cohen was extremely knowledgeable, and covered all the relevant cases. I enjoyed his presentation.

JH
Jean H.

Fantastic presenter - great voice!

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Stephen H. D.

Outstanding presentation

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Julie J.

Excellent speaker. A very enjoyable session. I will listen to it again, just for pure pleasure.

LH
Laurence H.

An outstanding presentation -- the best I've seen by Lawline!

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Mara H.

Excellent presentation explaining the evolution of First Amendment rights.

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WIlliam S.

Very informative with sound legal sources.

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Andrew B.

Very insightful and good.

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Crystal O.

Informative and entertaining. Thank you.

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Lisa W.

Excellent program with a huge amount of content.

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Max S.

Outstanding course. - understanding major constitutional issues in an evolving social environment.

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Donald M.

Excellent presentation "judiciiously" presented.

MW
Michael W.

Great course on a great topic

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Robert H.

Informative and at times even entertaining.

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Kenneth H.

Mr. Cohen is fantastic. You really come to share his passion for 1st Amendment advocacy.

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Julian G.

Extremely informative.

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Peter L.

This course was one of the best I've viewed thus far. Highly recommended.

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Brett C.

Excellent lecture. Very interesting and well-reasoned.

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Lynnann K.

excellent presentation

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Scott K.

Great presentation

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Ruth G.

Excellent. I've litigated cases for the press, and this added to my knowledge.

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Albert R.

GOOD OVERVIEW OF A COMPLEX SUBJECT IN 90 MINUTES

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Samuel W.

good coverage of a vast subject matter

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William D.

Highly informative, will watch again to supplement notes taken.

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Steven K.

Very well done!

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Thaddeus A.

Outstanding!

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