September 13, 2018

12:30 pm - 1:30 am, Eastern Time

Janus v. AFSCME & the "Weaponized" First Amendment

Duke Law School, Rm 3037, Durham, NC

In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court overruled Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 40-year-old precedent, to invalidate required fair share fees for non-union public employees on the grounds that such fees violate their First Amendment free speech rights. Justice Kagan's dissent accused the majority of "weaponizing the First Amendment, in a way that unleashes judges, now and in the future, to intervene in economic and regulatory policy." Join Duke Law ACS for what is certain to be a spirited on Janus, other related decisions, and the political economy of the First Amendment. Professors Jedediah Purdy and Stephen Sachs, both of Duke Law, will be speaking. For more information, please contact Izaak Earnhardt at