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The Five Freedoms Series: Supreme Court Preview

October 26 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

The Supreme Court returned October 4th for its 2021-2022 Term, and the justices will be hearing 33 cases on a number of important issues.

First Amendment issues are often at the heart of Supreme Court cases. During this term, the justices will be hearing cases on religious freedom (Carson v. Makin) and free speech (Houston Community College System v. Wilson).

Join Christopher Riano of the Center for Civic Education as he hosts a discussion with guests Senior Judge Marcia S. Krieger and Chief Judge Brooks Smith.

Senior Judge Marcia S. Krieger – link to bio.

Chief Judge Brooks Smith – link to bio

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment provides many of the rights Americans hold most dear: freedom of religion, speech, the press, petition, and assembly. These freedoms form the basis of political and civic participation in American society. 

The Five Freedoms Series will help Americans better understand the freedoms guaranteed to them under the First Amendment, and encourage them to exercise these rights. Each week will focus on a different element of The 1st Amendment: speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government. Because many of these freedoms are frequently at the heart of Supreme Court cases, the sixth week will allow us to bring together a panel of federal judges to discuss cases on the docket in the 2021-2022 Supreme Court Term. 

This series is proudly hosted by the First Amendment Museum, James Madison’s Montpelier, and The Center for Civic Education.


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