“Public Protest and the Law” Panel Discussion

What rules do the police need to follow when interacting with protesters? What are the privacy laws related to police body cams and protester-created videos?

“Public Protest and the Law,” a two-hour panel discussion among civil rights and advocacy experts held at Chicago-Kent College of Law on March 2, 2017, addressed First Amendment rights as they relate to protests, local protest permit laws and how they relate to spontaneous protests, issues undocumented immigrant and non-citizen protesters might face if arrested, proposed legislation to curb protester rights, and more.


Speaker profiles

Sheldon Nahmod (@NahmodLaw) is a University Distinguished Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent and a leading expert on constitutional law, civil rights law and Section 1983. He is also the program chair for Chicago-Kent’s Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference now in its 34th year. Sheldon is the author of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation: The Law of Section 1983 (4th ed. 2016) and has argued civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal courts. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Molly Armour (@MollyArmour) is a criminal defense attorney and Midwest Regional Vice President of the National Lawyer’s Guild. Through her work with the NLG she has defended many clients arrested while exercising their First Amendment rights and has assisted in creating structures for the mass representation of such individuals. Molly is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School where she teaches in the Prosecution and Defense Clinic, and has previously taught at DePaul University College of Law. She is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Ed Mullen ( @edmullen3) is a leading election law and advocacy attorney who has a varied client portfolio from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. He is an experienced litigator and activist, having worked with various political organizations including the DNC, United Working Families, and numerous Democratic campaigns including Senator Claire McCaskill. For several years Ed was also the Managing Attorney for Community Integration at Access Living, a disability rights organization in Chicago. He is a graduate of The George Washington School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania.


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