Constitution Day Event: Fight-or-Flighting Words

Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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September 17 is declared "Constitution Day," the anniversary of the completion of the writing of the US Constitution in 1787.  LLS commemorates Constitution Day each year with a presentation on a constitutional law topic.

Prof. Aaron Caplan will give a presentation on a research project involving free speech rights under the First Amendment.  In particular, his paper titled "Fight-or-Flighting Words" considers the flaws and fallacies behind the "fighting words" doctrine, a principle that -- among other things -- allows police to arrest people for verbally insulting them. 

  • Marcy Strauss
  • Matthew Babb
  • Aaron Caplan

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