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First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. “

— The First Amendment to the United States Constitution

The First Amendment is a nuanced area of law. Our multi-disciplinary team drafts constitutionally sound regulations and defends them in federal or state court to helps clients in their actions as local government bodies.

We draft and defend decisions, ordinances and policies on issues such as the following.

  • Adult Use
  • Billboards
  • Newsrack Ordinances
  • Protests
  • Parade and Park Permits
  • Public Forum Provisions
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)
  • Rules of Decorum
  • Sign Ordinances
  • Solicitation Ordinances
  • Telecommunications

Our cases have both clarified existing law and also supported public agencies in their decisions.

In addition, our work has been supported by such organizations as the California State Association of Counties, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the National League, among others.

In light of the recent First Amendment issues from the Occupy movement, numerous jurisdictions and the media have consulted us on the varied issues that have arisen.