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Emerging Legal Issues in Urban Education: Hate Speech, Microaggressions and Student First Amendment Rights


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As aggressive speech and harassment directed at minorities and immigrants surge, school districts face a complex challenge. How do we promote safe and tolerant learning environments without unlawfully restricting offensive but constitutionally protected student speech or expressive activity?

Please join the Council of the Great City Schools and attorneys in Husch Blackwell's Education team for a webinar on how school districts can balance the fundamental values of freedom of expression and respect for the inherent dignity of all persons. This session will review the First Amendment free speech protections for students in the school setting, discuss federal laws addressing harassment and bullying, and address the interplay of these various principles. The webinar will end with a discussion of scenarios based loosely on recent events.


  • First Amendment free speech
  • Federal laws protecting against bullying and harassment
  • Addressing hate speech, microaggressions and other problems in lawful manner

Date and Time
Thursday, January 26, 2017
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. EST

John W. Borkowski, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Anne D. Cartwright, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell
Demetrius J. Peterson, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell

Who Should Attend
Public school district leaders, including in-house counsel, board members, administrators, compliance officers and others with influence over institutional compliance practices.

Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is pending approval for Illinois, Indiana and Missouri continuing legal education credit. CLE credit may be available in other states through individual application. Please alert us if you would like us to look into CLE in other states for future webinars. We will do so once we have a critical mass of interested participants.

Contact Emily Kenyon at 816.983.8776.