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Law Student Co-Authors First Amendment Report

October 29th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

This is part of the reason why I’m going to law school; to try and counteract the next generation of activist, liberal attorneys and judges.

Student Life (Washington University)

By Josh Hantz

According to third-year Washington University law student Sophie Alcorn, the government has infringed upon citizens’ constitutional rights in the war on terrorism.

Alcorn co-authored an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) document, published last month, entitled “Reclaiming our Rights: Declaration of First Amendment Rights and Grievances.”

The paper was a part of a larger symposium entitled “Left Out in the Cold: The Chilling of Speech, Association, and the Press in Post-9/11 American.”

“It was shocking to write about because I was constantly surprised by how many things had come up in the past couple years,” said Alcorn, a 2005 Stanford graduate. “I had no idea that so many specific instances of individuals being silenced had happened.”

ACLU policy documents are scholarly reports written by staff members that explain the current state of a particular issue that the ACLU is working on. Alcorn and her boss, Jim Tucker of the ACLU, published this report in conjunction with the symposium.

Alcorn’s report begins with a list of grievances and continues with an analysis of each point. Read more…

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