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WLA Speaker

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Leanne Tippett Mosby will discuss her experience as one of the journalism students in the landmark First Amendment case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier.

In the late 1980s, a group of students from Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis County brought a lawsuit against their school district after their principal removed two pages from the school newspaper before publication. The pages included articles on teen pregnancy and the impact of divorce on students. Arguing that the school violated their First Amendment rights, the students took their case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The case was eventually argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that the principal’s actions did not violate the students’ free speech rights.

Hazelwood is a significant student free speech case that, while recognizing students’ First Amendment protections, established a standard for determining when a school may limit student expression.

Lunch provided.


February 13
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


Hulston Hall, Room 5


Women’s Law Association

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