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CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2016

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last week, we had three teachers “take the knee” during the playing of the National Anthem at a whole-school pep rally. Fortunately, only a few of the students noticed their actions. Originally...more

Lloyd Dobler’s View of Job Responsibilities Can’t Defeat Garcetti Defense

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

A cursory Google search reveals that this 25 year old quote still resonates with much affection. But what may be deemed a charming lack of ambition from a teenaged movie character can be the death knell of a First Amendment...more

Supremes Rule That Trial Speech is Protected Speech – Part II

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Supreme Court previously ruled in Garcetti that a prosecutor’s internal memorandum written in the course of his job responsibilities did not constitute protected speech because he was speaking as an government employee...more

Ninth Circuit Finds That The Garcetti “Official Duties” Rule Does Not Apply To Public University Employee Academic Speech

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

Just this month, in Demers v. Austin, 729 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. 2013), the Ninth Circuit became the first federal circuit court to hold that techers employed by the state had a First Amendment right on speech made in academic...more

Enhanced Protections for Federal-Employee Whistleblowers: Sign of Things to Come?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Whistleblowers who work for the federal government recently received greater protection under federal law. These additional protections are significant and close prior gaps in the protections afforded by previous statutes and...more

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