Upcoming events for Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

Oral argument in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky is just 13 days away. I’ll be in Washington D.C. for most of the next two weeks to talk about how this case affects the Free Speech rights of everyone from members of the Tea Party to the NAACP.

On Thursday, February 22, I’ll be on a panel at the Cato Institute with Cato’s Trevor Burrus and Munger Tolles partner Ginger Anders. Anders, who has argued 18 cases before the Supreme Court, is one of the lawyers for the government in Minnesota Voters Alliance. You may register for the event here or watch it online.

On Monday, February 26, I’ll be speaking to the America’s Future Foundation during Happy Hour at Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington. Read more about the event on Facebook and register on Eventbrite.

On Tuesday, February 27, I’ll be speaking at 12:15 to the Georgetown Law Federalist Society in McDonough 201. Come get a preview of the case the day before it is argued before the Supreme Court.

Fed Soc talk and press call on MVA v. Mansky

Two events next week on Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a case that will be argued in the Supreme Court of the United States in just 18 days.

On Monday, I will be speaking to the Federalist Society at the University of Minnesota Law School. The event will take place at 12:15 p.m. in Mondale Hall Room 30.

On Tuesday, Andy Cilek, Dave Breemer, and I will host a press call at 2 p.m. EST. Contact Pacific Legal Foundation Media Director Kate Pomeroy (kpomeroy@pacificlegal.org) if you’re a member of the press and would like to join the call.

My speech to the Sacramento Federalist Society on MVA v. Mansky

On Tuesday, I spoke to the Sacramento Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society about Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. In Minnesota Voters Alliance, we’re asking the Supreme Court to invalidate a ban on political apparel (including shirts featuring the logo of the Tea Party, the Chamber of Commerce, or the AFL-CIO) at polling places across Minnesota. The Court will hear argument in the case on February 28.

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Are credit card surcharge laws illegal?

Several states have laws that prohibit credit card surcharges. The Ninth Circuit recently joined two other courts in deciding that those laws implicate the First Amendment. In Italian Colors Restaurant v. Becerra, the San Francisco-based court invalidated a California law that banned credit card surcharges but allowed cash discounts. In other words, a business could charge cash-paying consumers less, but only if the businesses called its practice a “cash discount” rather than a “credit card surcharge.”

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PLF files opening brief in MVA v. Mansky

We filed our opening brief today in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a case that the Supreme Court of the United States will hear on February 28. Here’s a snippet:

In Minnesota Voters Alliance, PLF represents Minnesota voters in their First Amendment challenge to a law that bans apparel with a logo of any group with a “recognizable political view,” from the National Rifle Association to the NAACP. Lead client Andy Cilek is a Minnesota voter who was prevented from voting for five hours, and had his name taken down for potential criminal prosecution just for wearing a Tea Party shirt. Rather than endorse any candidate or ballot measure, the shirt merely featured an image of the Gadsden flag and the words “Don’t tread on me.”

Read the rest on Pacific Legal Foundation’s blog.

I’m speaking this Friday on our First Amendment case before SCOTUS

The America’s Future Foundation, a nationwide network of liberty-minded young leaders, will host me this Friday for a talk on PLF’s latest case in the Supreme Court.

Please join us at 6 p.m. this Friday at Hawk and Dove. The address is 329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington DC 20003.

This will be a casual event in which I will give a short presentation and answer questions about the case to AFF member and other attendees. If you’re in the area, please come drink a few beers, meet a few people, and learn about an exciting First Amendment case now pending at the Supreme Court. In addition to the event this Friday, there will another (more formal) presentation about this case in early February.

(This blog post is cross-posted at Pacific Legal Foundation’s Liberty Blog).