First Amendment Center programs

First Amendment Center Online
Website features comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics, daily First Amendment news and guest analyses by respected legal specialists.

Inside the First Amendment
Free weekly column about free expression provides perspective on cutting-edge issues involving freedom of speech, press and religion. It reminds readers of the importance of protecting First Amendment freedoms. It has appeared in 200 newspapers nationwide.

Continuing Legal Education
The First Amendment Center sponsors Continuing Legal Education courses for attorneys who deal with current cutting-edge First Amendment issues.

The Interactive First Amendment
An engaging, entertaining and informative presentation by John Seigenthaler and Ken Paulson. Using a fast-paced quiz and revelatory stories, they challenge audiences to look at the First Amendment in a new way.

Moot Court competition
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the cornerstone of American democracy — is the focus of the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. Recognized as one of the nation’s finest constitutional law competitions, this annual event features a current First Amendment controversy.

Justice & Journalism
A series of discussions between judges and journalists on access, news-media accountability and other issues.

Freedom Sings®
A critically acclaimed multi-media experience featuring an all-star cast of musicians and an “only-in-America” story line. This entertaining, irreverent and inspiring program — packed with live music, video and graphics — is touring the nation, appearing at conferences and colleges. Freedom Sings® tells the story of almost three centuries of banned or censored music in America and invites audiences to take a fresh look at the First Amendment.


National FOI Day
Annual program of speaking and discussion by specialists in various aspects of freedom of information, updating developments in FOI over the preceding year.

The Copyright Office Comes to Music City
Annual discussion, co-hosted by the First Amendment Center, on the state of copyright law with members of the U.S. Copyright Office, copyright attorneys and individuals with various roles in the music and publishing industries.

First Amendment education programs

Through its education programs, the First Amendment Center works with schools and communities throughout the nation. The center’s school-reform initiative, consensus guidelines and conflict-mediation efforts are designed to promote strong public support for First Amendment principles and ideas through the following initiatives:

Religious Freedom Center
The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is the only nonpartisan initiative in Washington, D.C., focused on educating the American public about the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment. In 2010, the First Amendment Center launched a new approach in its long-time work on religious freedom. In its first two years, the project has sponsored public programs at the Newseum, developed partnerships with national and international organizations, and convened religious and civil liberties groups to address religious-liberty issues of shared concern.

Finding Common Ground
From court-ordered training for teachers and administrators in northern Alabama to mediation between religious conservatives and schools in northern California, the center uses First Amendment principles to resolve conflicts over religion and values in public schools.

3Rs — Rights, Responsibilities & Respect
The First Amendment Center founded and continues to support statewide “3Rs” programs in California and Utah that help school districts develop religious-liberty policies and prepare teachers to address religion and religious diversity in the classroom.

Consensus guidelines
The center produces consensus guidelines on First Amendment issues in education. In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Education disseminated three of these agreements to every public school in the nation. The center’s publication Religious Liberty, Public Education, and the Future of American Democracy, is co-sponsored by 24 religious and educational organizations ranging from the Christian Coalition to People for the American Way.