Episode 47 The Supreme Court Speaks: Guidelines for Regulation of Student Off-Campus Speech



For the first time since 2007, the United States Supreme Court has weighed-in on student free speech rights under the First Amendment. In Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., the high court addressed for the first time the parameters and limits for schools’ regulation of student off-campus speech. In this episode, Lozano Smith student speech experts Mike Smith and Sloan Simmons break down the Supreme Court’s decision and its implications for California school districts.

Show Notes & References

  • 1:58 – Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) 393 U.S. 503
  • 4:00 – Bethel School District v. Fraser (1986) 478 U.S. 675
  • 5:58 – Hazelwood School District et al. v. Kuhlmeier et al. (1988) 484 U.S. 260
  • 8:05 – Statutory framework in Education Code (Ed. Code §§ 48907, 48950)  
  • 9:34 – Morse v. Frederick (2007) 551 U.S. 393
  • 11:58 – Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. (June 23, 2021) 594 U.S. ___
  • 19:56 – School district limitations on regulating off-campus speech
  • 24:35 – Types of behavior subject to regulation under B.L.
  • 33:02 – Impact of B.L. in California
  • 39:27 – Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton (1995) 515 U.S. 646
  • 40:43 – T.V. v. Smith-Green Community School Corporation (N.D. Ind. 2011) 807 F.Supp.2d 767
  • 43:31 – J.C. ex rel. R.C. v. Beverly Hills Unified School District (C.D. Cal. 2010) 711 F.Supp.2d 1094 (Client News Brief 53 – December 2009)
  • 46:25 – Wynar v. Douglas County School Dist. (9th Cir. 2013) 728 F.3d 1062 (Client News Brief 59 – September 2013)
  • 48:48 – C.R. v. Eugene School District 4J (9th Cir., Sept. 1, 2016) 835 F.3d 1142 (Client News Brief 65 – September 2016)
  • 51:34 – Shen v. Albany Unified School District (9th Cir. 2016) 835 F.3d 1142 (Client News Brief 87 – December 2017)
  • 55:36 – McNeil v. Sherwood School District 88J (9th Cir. 2019) 918 F.3d 700 (Client News Brief 30 – June 2019)

 

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