Links to Professional Resources

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1. American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a national organization that works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights provided by laws and the U.S. Constitution. The site features news about the organization’s activism, commentary via the ACLU blogs, multimedia resources about issues, legislative updates, and information on ACLU court cases.

Follow on Twitter: @ACLU

2. National School Boards Association: Center for Public Education

This is the National School Boards Association’s webpage, the Center for Public Education, provides research, data and analysis on current education issues.

3. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is an activist organization dedicated to defending and sustaining the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. The site includes relevant news, research, legislation/regulation, and commentary.

Follow on Twitter: @TheFIREorg

4. Free Speech in Schools Video Tutorial features the video “7 Things You Should Know about Free Speech in Schools,” which summarizes free speech issues in American public schools. The video was created by Eugene Volokh and is part of his “Free Speech Rules” video series.

5. Freedom Forum Institute

This website provides analysis and commentary on news, issues, events, and cases related to the First Amendment.

Follow on Twitter: @1stAmendmentCtr and @FreedomForumIns              

6. Hate Speech Video Tutorial features the video “The 3 Rules of Hate Speech and the First Amendment,” which summarizes relevant U.S. hate speech laws. The video was created by Eugene Volokh and is part of his Free Speech Rules series.

7. Judicial Learning Center

The Judicial Learning Center is dedicated to promoting public understanding of the function and value of the judicial branch of government, especially at the federal level. It features online resources for students and teachers to learn more about the federal courts.

8. Justia

This site contains links to access federal, Supreme Court, appellate court, and district court cases and decisions.

Follow on Twitter: @justiacom

9. Legal Information Institute

Legal Information Institute offers primary legal sources, including federal and state statues and Supreme Court decisions and case updates. It also includes a legal encyclopedia and an introduction to basic legal citation, as well as educational materials on various legal topics.

Follow on Twitter: @LIICornell


This website tracks the daily use of hate speech used in tweets directed at LGBTQ+ people.

11. Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) website tracks hate activity in America. It features news, a map of active hate groups, and information on relevant cases. It also includes access to the Hatewatch blog, which monitors activities of the American radical right.

Follow on Twitter: @splcenter

12. Student Press Law Center

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is a nonprofit organization that works to promote, support and defend the First Amendment and press freedom rights of high school and college journalists and their advisers.

Follow on Twitter: @SPLC

13. The Volokh Conspiracy

This blog features news and commentary about free speech issues from Eugene Volokh, who is the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law and the UCLA School of Law.

Follow on Twitter: @VolokhC