Should Hate Speech Be Protected?

Be a part of the dialogue and come join the discussion to consider hate speech in America today. Featuring:

  • U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon kicking off the discussion by highlighting the issues raised in the provacative new book by Professor Jeremy Waldron, The Harm in Hate Speech, which compares the U.S. with other countires.
  • Civic leaders commenting on their experiences with hate speech in Oregon.
  • Participants contributing to the discussion at their tables using a recommended “civil dialogue” process.
  • View exhibit of Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich by the German Federal Bar and the American Bar Association. The exhibit is touring the U.S. and ends in Portland on November 8, 2012.

Before 5pmLawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich exhibit, 1st floor lobby
4:30-5:30pm: complimentary appetizers, 2nd floor, Jury Assembly Room
 Should Hate Sppech Be Protected? presentation and discussion, 2nd floor, Jury Aseembly Room

Partnering to bring this event to Oregonians are Classroom Law Project, Oregon State Bar, United States District Court, Lewis & Clark Law School, and library associations. This public forum is conducted with “Civility and Free Expression in a Constitutional Democracy – A National Dialogue,” a nationwide initiative of the American Bar Association Division for Public Education and is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Bridging Cultures” project.


Nov 1 2012 – 4:30pm – 7:30pm


Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, 1000 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR 97204


Free (space is limited, registration is required)

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