Exploring a First Amendment legacy
Justice David H. Souter, who rose from relative obscurity in New Hampshire to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice, retires at the end of the Court term. He made his mark in many areas of First Amendment law. A new online symposium by the First Amendment Center Online explores Souter’s career from a First Amendment perspective.
Souter wrote significant opinions in the areas of the religious-liberty establishment clause, campaign finance, secondary effects of adult businesses, freedom of association, public employee speech and more. He generally supported restrictions on campaign contributions and viewed the establishment clause as erecting a high barrier of separation between church and state.
Contributing writers and researchers are Gene Policinski, David Hudson, Charles Haynes, Ron Collins, Tony Mauro and Gordon Belt.