The Uneasy Relationship between Free Speech and Violence

Coblentz of counsel Lawrence Siskind will present during the Bar Association of San Francisco program, “The Uneasy Relationship between Free Speech and Violence,” to be held on October 28 from noon to 1:15 pm.

When Marc Antony addressed the Roman crowd following the assassination of Julius Caesar, he concluded: “Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou, what course thou wilt.” The Romans proceeded to riot. This program will examine such “mischief,” and explore when freedom of speech shields speakers from responsibility for the violent acts of their listeners – and when it does not.

Lawrence will discuss the following topics:

• What is the legal foundation of freedom of speech?
• When can speakers be held legally responsible for the violent acts of their listeners?
• How can a victim of speech-related violence overcome the First Amendment defense?
• Where will future threats to freedom of speech arise?

MCLE credit is available and registration details may be found here.