Tag Archives: First Amendment

Miami’s New Restrictions on Food Sharing and How They Might Be Unconstitutional

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast VICTORIA KLINE―Chapter 25 section 25 of the City of Miami Code of Ordinances, passed in June of 2020, is called Regulations for large group feedings. It sounds like it […]

B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist.: School Speech in the Era of Social Media and Virtual Learning

BRIDGET DYE—The Supreme Court will soon consider the role social media plays in a student’s right to free speech in public schools. The Court has agreed to take up a Pennsylvania school district case, B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist., where a high school cheerleader was disciplined and suspended from the team after posting obscenities […]

Tanzin v. Tanvir: Rethinking Relief under RFRA

MIRA HAQQANI—In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Tanzin v. Tanvir, a case involving statutory interpretation that could have a colossal impact on law enforcement accountability and religious liberty. The plaintiffs in the case, including Muhammad Tanvir, are either citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, and each is a […]

Students’ Constitutional Right to Walk Out and Speak Up

PAIGE BETTGE—The tragic Parkland school shooting, which took place this February, has sparked an ongoing wave of student activism. Students’ First Amendment rights are now more than ever having widespread consequences, as student activism has caused landmark gun control reforms in Florida and is sparking conversations nationwide. Thousands of students across the nation participated in […]

Amazon’s “Alexa”: An At-home Dream or Free-speech Nightmare?

ALEXIS MASON— It is a typical morning when my mom yells, “Alexis Karina Mason, come to the kitchen right now!” A multi-color light illuminates around the top rim of Amazon’s “Alexa.” “Sorry I did not understand you,” it replies. This is the daily exchange with Alexa in my household. The device is most often triggered unintentionally […]