First Amendment Freedoms and limitations in an era of lawless incitement and hate speech


Name  Email Phone
Allen May, J.D. (630) 263-2629

Course Description 

On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was stormed by a mob attempting to overturn the outcome of the Presidential election. Five people died and more than 140 people were injured. Some claim the mob’s actions were criminally provoked by inflammatory words spoken during a rally before the attack. Contrary to the belief of some that “It is a free country; I can say whatever I want,” First Amendment protection is limited, especially in cases of incitement to lawlessness. But when does speech cross the line?

Course members will discuss these boundaries and various theories of free speech. We will also consider limits the government has to control prohibited speech through censorship and time, place, and manner restrictions.


Christ Presbyterian Church

Meeting Day


Meeting Time

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Start Date

Sept 20, 2021

End Date

Nov 15, 2021


Some reading/discussion expected

Class Size


Class notes 

To Enroll:  Registration required, contact coordinator for instructions.

# of Sessions: 9


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