Judges to Examine First Amendment in Civics Presentation Oct. 25 at Southeast


scalesgavel_imageThe First Amendment will take center stage when judges from the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and the 32nd Judicial Circuit Court give a civic education presentation prior to the Appeals Court holding its Southern Division docket Oct. 25 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The Honorable Lisa P. Page, Appellate Judge, and Missouri Supreme Court Civic Education Committee chair, and 32nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge Michael Gardner will explore the dimensions of the First Amendment and the judiciary’s role in protecting it in a presentation titled, “The Challenge of Deciding Tough Cases: The Battle of Skokie,” at 8:30 a.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.  Following the civics presentation, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, will hear oral arguments beginning at 9:30 a.m.

During the presentation, the judges will examine the controversial First Amendment confrontation that occurred when members of the American Nazi Party sought to march in the predominantly Jewish city of Skokie, Illinois.  This presentation goes beyond the specific facts of the Skokie case to the broader scope of the First Amendment. Participants will be called upon to provide their views about how far the First Amendment extends and to put themselves in the position of being judges resolving this case.  The presentation also addresses the contemporary issues involving the Westboro Baptist Church.

All students, faculty, staff and any classes are invited to attend either or both the civic education presentation at 8:30 a.m., and the oral arguments at 9:30 a.m.