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William O. Douglas Lecture: A Debate on the Secondary Effects Doctrine

September 26, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Fall 2014 William O. Douglas Lecture

Part of the Gonzaga Law William O. Douglas Committee’s annual First Amendment Lecture series.

A Debate on the “Secondary Effects Doctrine” and the Right to Free Speech

Sponsors*: The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington; Randall Danskin, P.S.; Paukert Troppman, PLLC; Foster Pepper, PLLC; Naegeli Deposition and Trial.

Featuring litigators Milton Rowland and Gilbert Levy. Moderated by Judge Laurel Siddoway, Washington Court of Appeals, Div. III.

Mr. Rowland and Mr. Levy were opposing counsels in World Wide Video of Washington, Inc., v. City of Spokane (368 F.3d 1186 (2004)). The case addressed the controversial “secondary effects doctrine” of First Amendment jurisprudence. Simply put, the “secondary effects doctrine” states that cities cannot zone out adult stores based upon their content, but can subject them to zoning ordinances geared to known or reasonably anticipated secondary effects, i.e. decreased property values as a result of a neighboring adult store. This doctrine is accepted by the courts but is quite controversial among the law review writers, whose position is that the doctrine is nothing more than a cover for attacks by the religious right. Mr. Rowland and Mr. Levy will debate the merits of the “secondary effects doctrine” and its impact on the right to free speech.

A reception will be held immediately following the event.

An RSVP is not required to attend

For more information, contact Stuart Cassel.

*The opinions of our sponsors have no impact on the opinions that will be expressed during the debate, and do not reflect the views of the debate participants or moderator.

For more information about the William O. Douglas Committee, visit our webpage.


September 26, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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