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First Amendment Update on Solicitation and Panhandling Ordinances

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Please join Meyers Nave Principal Deborah Fox, Chair of the firm’s statewide First Amendment Practice Group, for her presentation on recent developments in First Amendment law focusing on solicitation and panhandling regulations. Deborah’s presentation takes place at 10:30 am on Friday, September 30 during the annual conference in San Diego of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Most forms of solicitation and panhandling receive First Amendment protection. Many cities that choose to regulate aggressive solicitation and panhandling modeled their ordinances on ones blessed by federal judges, including former Justice Souter. After Reed v. Town of Gilbert in June 2015, some of those “safe” approaches have been called into question. Deborah will discuss alternative strategies that are more likely to avoid, or satisfy, strict First Amendment scrutiny. She will provide practical tips to consider when drafting, revising or enforcing local laws or policies regarding solicitation and panhandling restrictions.

Date: Friday, September 30th

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA

For more information on IMLA’s Annual Conference or to register, please click here. To view the full conference brochure click here.