UPDATE: December 3, 2018 – Notice of Conditional Settlement Filed. 

Our clients Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans are pleased to announce a landmark settlement of their First Amendment lawsuit against UC Berkeley. Under the settlement, UC Berkeley will stop charging security fees to student and off campus groups for speaking events. Congratulations to our clients on their leadership, courage, and perseverance.

Please click here to access the Notice of Conditional Settlement filed today in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Free speech on college campuses has been under attack in recent years, increasingly from students who have protested speakers whom they disagree with politically. These protests have succeeded in both cancelling events and creating disturbances through blockades, shouts, and even violence as was the case at Middlebury College. What responsibilities do universities hold to protect a climate that encourages the open and respectful exchange of ideas? Should “hate speech” be protected or are special protections needed to protect students from “offensive” discourse? What do universities owe students and speakers to protect their personal safety if protests break out?

Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon, Director of Litigation, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education,
Harmeet K. Dhillon, Founding Partner, Dhillon Law Group
Professor Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School
Elizabeth Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center
Moderator: Hon. Sandra Ikuta, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Introduction: Joshua McDaniel, Horvitz & Levy LLP

UPDATE: April 21, 2017

Please click here to access the response letter to UC Berkeley’s Associate General Counsel.

It all started with the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s and Milo Yiannopoulos’ cancelled speeches at UC Berkeley.

Read Dhillon Law Group’s response to UC Berkeley regarding suppression of free speech on campus:

Please click here to access the April 20, 2017 letter to UC Berkeley’s Interim Vice Chancellor regarding the cancellation of Ann Coulter’s speech on campus.

Please click here to access UC Berkeley’s responsive letter to our April 20, 2017 letter.

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