Bernstein Participates in Book Forum

Professor David Bernstein took part in a panel discussion on a new book, Liberty's Refuge, The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, by Washington University School of Law professor John Inazu.

The book forum was co-hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Federalist Society on May 8 in Washington, D.C. Joining Bernstein for the discussion was Douglas Laycock of the University of Virginia School of Law, with The Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, as moderator.

Inazu's book deals with the First Amendment's third protection, freedom of assembly, and its importance to America's citizens. In it he argues that groups should utilize the assembly clause to defend against discrimination charges.

Bernstein expressed skepticism of full protection through the freedom of assembly provision, pointing out that in Roberts v. United States Jaycees, aspects of the group's composition disallowed application of First Amendment protections.

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