Dangerous Ideas, Prior Restraints and False Statements: The First Amendment and Beyond, Part I

NEW! Dangerous Ideas, Prior Restraints, and False Statements: The First Amendment and Beyond, Part I
5 sessions, 7.5 hours

What did Crusoe and Friday really say about each other and the government? Consider the uniquely American approach to Freedom of Expression. We will begin with the First Amendment which provides “Congress shall pass no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Consider the historical, sociological and political reasons surrounding the adoption of the Amendment. Focus on content-based restrictions including dangerous ideas, expressions that invoke unlawful conduct and a hostile audience reaction, speech that threatens, and disclosure of confidential information. Then, proceed to false statements of facts, non-newsworthy disclosure of private information and commercial advertising.

Instructor: Jim Baer’s former students at Ursinus College called him “intelligent, motivating, friendly, very funny, very experienced,” and said he was, “the best teacher ever hired.” A graduate of The University of Virginia School of Law, Jim is a forty-five year member of the Maryland Bar and was also a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He was a trial lawyer in private practice until 2001 when he returned to his alma mater, Ursinus College, where he created the college’s Center for Legal Studies and taught a variety of courses utilizing a unique blend of Socratic Method and open class discussion.

ILR771 Dangerous Ideas, Prior Restraints, and False Statements: The First Amendment and Beyond, Part I
4-Digit Number: 3592
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Feb. 23 – March 23
Location: Conference Center (E Building) /E123
Tuition: $29    Fee: $70    Total: $99
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $70

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