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A New Speech Code for Lawyers

“The speech restrictions are overtly viewpoint-based. If you express pro-equality viewpoints, you’re fine; if you express the contrary viewpoints, you’re risking disciplinary action. This also goes beyond existing hostile-work-environment harassment law under Title VII and similar state statutes. The law itself has potential First Amendment problems…." Background The American Bar Association recently revised its Model Rules of Professional Conduct to note that discrimination and harassment "includes harmful verbal or physical conduct that manifests bias or prejudice towards others." Applying more broadly than the workplace, the ABA explicitly states that this policy applies to any "social activities in connection with the practice of law." Explore To what extent--if any--should speech be barred, especially for a profession so dependent on free speech? Should lawyers be able debate on issues such as immigration or same-sex marriage? How about outside of the courtroom or during casual conversation? READ THE FULL ARTICLE

August 10, 2016 l Washington Post

j street musings

Much like the absence of J Street in Washington, DC, we provide what is too often lacking from today's politics--substantive research and thoughtful discourse.


J Street Musings is a collection of essays and articles on a variety of issues and genres.  Authored by our team and by scholars and thinkers across the world, each post highlights a few key quotes and fundamental questions to direct our minds toward a thoughtful engagement of the article.

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