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November 10, 2010

‘Banning Grand Theft Auto: Child Protection v. Free Speech’ is Nov. 11

On November 2, the Supreme Court head oral argument in a case from the Ninth Circuit challenging the constitutionality of an ordinance that limits kids’ access to violent video games. The Oregon Child Advocacy Project will present a discussion about the tension between children’s constitutionally protected right of access to speech and the state interest in protecting children and society from the consequences of exposure to extreme violence.

“Banning Grant Theft Auto: Child Protection v. Free Speech” will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in 110 Knight Law Center. The event’s speakers include:

Professor Carole Stabile, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society and a member of the University of Oregon’s English department and the School of Journalism and Communication, will discuss the history of efforts to ban new media in the name of protecting children and her current research on video games. She’s a serious gamer herself.

Professor John Greenman, a constitutional law expert who specializes in free-speech and national-security law, will discuss the legal framework. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas Law School. After graduating he clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Texas Supreme Court. He then moved to the Supreme Court advocacy group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

For more information, visit the event webpage.

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