“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 team drafts constitutionally sound regulations and defends them in federal and state court to help clients in their actions as local government bodies. Our cases have both clarified existing law and supported public agencies in their decisions. We craft municipal codes that comply with reasonable time, place and manner restrictions. We also offer training to local officials and public agency staff so they can be prepared ahead of time and familiar with this unique area of constantly evolving law.
We draft and defend decisions, ordinances, policies and guidelines on issues such as the following.
- Adult Use (and related Section 1983 claims)
- Signage and Billboards
- Social Media
- Protests and Demonstrations
- Parade and Park Permits
- Public Forum Provisions
- Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)
- Rules of Decorum