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George Washington Forum: “Can Speech Be Compelled? The First Amendment and Speech Rights”


The George Washington Forum at Ohio University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting “Can Speech Be Compelled? The First Amendment and Speech Rights,” a lecture by William Messenger, a staff attorney at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Monday, September 16, 2019 • 7:30 PM
Galbreath Chapel (College Green) • Ohio University

Free and open to the public

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William MessengerWilliam Messenger is a staff attorney at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. He graduated from OHIO in 1997 before earning his J.D. from George Washington University in 2001. He has litigated nearly 100 cases including over a dozen at the Appellate-level on behalf of NRWLD Foundation-aided employees and other individuals. His cases defend workers’ freedom from compulsory unionism and focus on the First Amendment and other constitutional rights. He has argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Messenger successfully argued Harris v. Quinnin 2014, securing a Supreme Court ruling that requiring homecare providers to pay union fees violated the First Amendment. He also briefed and successfully argued Janus v. AFSCME in the Supreme Court in 2018.

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The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions at Ohio University is a participant in JMC’s Ohio Political Economy Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation. The Forum teaches America’s foundational principles in their Western intellectual, political, and institutional contexts. It is grounded on the idea that students facing an increasingly globalized world need to understand what characterizes and distinguishes the nation in which they live and the civilization from which it emerged. The Forum helps students become enlightened citizens in a liberal democracy whose roots run deep in Western civilization, but whose ideals and interests transcend the West.

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