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Past Event
3 December 2014



Free Speech & Business

We are a country founded on the right of individuals to express themselves.  We believe in the fundamental right to share thoughts, views, facts or ideas. That right - and the ability to practice it, is as essential to the individual as it is to the entrepreneur. It fosters competition, spurs debate, enhances diversity of thought and increases options in the marketplace of products and services as well as in thoughts, views, facts and ideas.  

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that essential American right of expression for citizen as well as entrepreneur but today there are new challenges to the freedom of expression, and in particular for business.  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will explore these challenges on December 3, 2014 in a program that will bring together Constitutional experts, legal scholars, and policy and opinion leaders to discuss today's First Amendment environment and its impacts upon businesses in the public square.
Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC
  • Michael Barone, Columnist, Washington Examiner
  • James Copland, Senior Fellow & Director of the Center for Legal Policy, Manhattan Institute
  • Thomas J. Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • The Honorable John R. McKernan Jr., Senior Adviser to the President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Lisa A. Rickard, President, Institute for Legal Reform; Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Bradley A. Smith, Visiting Chair of Law, West Virginia; Professor of Law, Capital University Law School and Chairman, Center for Competitive Politics
  • Amir Tayrani, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Eugene Volokh, Professor, UCLA School of Law and Founder of The Volokh Conspiracy, and Academic Affiliate, Mayer Brown LLP

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