CCSA Virtual Fall Workshop

Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.- The Supreme Court Finally "Tinkers" with Regulation of Student Off-Campus Expression
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In its first student free-speech case since 2007, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student whose off-campus and off-color social media posts resulted in her suspension from the school's junior varsity cheerleading team. While setting aside the student's suspension from cheer, the Court more importantly confirmed that schools may still regulate student expression occurring off-campus on a case-by-case basis under the standard set forth in the preeminent 1969 student speech opinion, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. In reaching that conclusion, the Court clarified some of the limits of school authority in that regard and the reasons for it. This presentation will cover a detailed discussion regarding important considerations for school officials faced with off-campus student speech issues, and how B.L. does or does not impact what has been California school law practitioners' advice on this subject.

This event is reserved for school district or public agency employees only. Please contact Client Services for more information.

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  • December 2nd, 2021
  • 10:15am - 11:15am
  • San Diego Convention Center
  • Workshop