Commercial Free Speech

Credit Hours: 3

Commercial free speech is perhaps the liveliest speech topic in both academic and jurisprudential circles today.  Students will read all of the major cases and obtain the background necessary to fully engage in current debates as experts in the subject.  This course will focus on the United States Supreme Court’s development of commercial free speech doctrine from the 1970s to the present day.  It will then consider contemporary academic objections to commercial free speech, as well as potential extensions of the doctrine.  The class will also study ongoing controversies in the federal courts of appeals to discern where development of the doctrine may be headed next.