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The First Amendment: Religion, Expression, Action

Omar Passons, Director Office of Integrative Services, 

County of San Diego

This video covers the First Amendment's protection

of religion, expression and action.

Doggy & Dr. Bach on the First Amendment and Free Speech

Dr. Bach Ho, Professor,

California State University Fullerton

In this video by Organic Intelligence, a small dog and a philosophy professor discuss the First Amendment and free speech. Dr. Bach explains what amendments are and presents a 'puzzle' about a uniting philosophy.

First Amendment and Speech in School

Hon. Jim Stiven, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Retired

Judge Stiven explores free speech rights on the school campus for teachers and students. This video is designed to provoke discussion about these rights and the meaning of reasonable restrictions of speech on campus. For a more detailed look into this topic, see: "First Amendment and Speech in School: Extended Version."

First Amendment and Speech in School: Extended Version

Hon. Jim Stiven, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Retired

Judge Stiven explores free speech rights on the school campus for teachers and students. This video is designed to provoke discussion about these rights and the meaning of reasonable restrictions of speech on campus. This extended version also includes references to court cases.

The Bill of Rights Is Not Absolute: The First Amendment, Public Health and Welfare

Hon. H. Lee Sarokin, Judge (Retired)

Judge Sarokin discusses how the Bill of Rights is not absolute, especially when the government must protect public health and welfare. 

Free Speech in Schools

Molly Tack-Hooper, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU of Washington

In this video, Molly Tack-Hooper is joined by ACLU Staff Attorney Breanne Schuster and Intake Counselor Gemma Junkinsmith to discuss students' First Amendment rights in schools.

Freedom of Speech for Students

Evan Peña, Attorney; Hollis Peterson, Attorney; and Elaine Kong, Law Clerk

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

This video provides an introduction to the First Amendment with an emphasis on the freedom of speech, including: who is bound by the freedom of speech, examples of speech that are protected and not protected, students' free speech rights, and free speech rights at public protests.

Your Rights are Under Attack: A Discussion of the First and Fourth Amendments

John Eger, Emeritus Professor of Communication, San Diego State University

Professor Eger discusses how your First and Fourth Amendment rights are being threatened by mass surveillance, social media and big data.

An Overview of the Constitution and the First Amendment

Randall Sjoblom, Senior Deputy County Counsel,

County of San Diego

This video provides a brief description of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and then takes a more indepth look at the First Amendment's application to teachers and students on school campuses.

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