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Norton, Helen Professor and Ira C. Rothgerber Jr Chair in Constitutional Law

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  • I research and write in the fields of constitutional law (especially first amendment and equal protection law) and antidiscrimination law. My work to date has focused primarily on the constitutional and policy implications of government speech; the constitutional and policy implications of governmental efforts to regulate lies (i.e., speakers' deliberate falsehoods); and the not-infrequent tensions between constitutional values (e.g., conflicts between listeners' and speakers' constitutional interests, or between equal protection and free speech interests).

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  • constitutional law, first amendment law, equal protection law, employment discrimination law, civil rights

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  • LAWS 7015 - First Amendment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines speech and religion clauses of the First Amendment. Includes the philosophical foundation of free expression, analytical problems in First Amendment jurisprudence and the relationships between free exercise of religion and the separation of church and state.
  • LAWS 8035 - Seminar: Intersection of Antidiscrimination and First Amendment Law
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Addresses past and continuing debates involving potential tensions between antidiscrimination principles and free speech, free exercise and establishment clause values. Examines constitutional protections under the First Amendment and the equal protection clause, together with an array of existing and proposed federal and state antidiscrimination laws regulating employment,housing, and public accommodations, among other areas.

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