Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Modern First Amendment law comprises a dizzying array of legal rules and doctrines applying to governmental and quasi-governmental entities and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels. First Amendment considerations arise routinely in a wide range of substantive areas of law, from communications to competition to land use to taxation. And First Amendment issues increasingly arise not only in litigation and regulatory settings, but also in transactional contexts. Sidley’s First Amendment practice draws together the firm’s extensive experience with First Amendment principles, and deploys that knowledge in the service of clients across our many practice areas.
We represent publishers, broadcasters, advertisers, and others in complex cases implicating the freedoms of speech and press. We also represent and advise organizations including churches, schools and universities, broadcasters, healthcare institutions, and philanthropic and community organizations on issues implicating the free exercise or establishment of religion. We have similarly advised clients in matters implicating the rights to petition the government and to freely assemble.
Consistent with the firm’s commitment to giving back to our communities and serving those less fortunate, our First Amendment Litigation practice annually donates thousands of hours of pro bono legal services in support of clients’ First Amendment rights.
Sidley lawyers and clients have played a leading role in shaping the law governing these core and “First” civil liberties.