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Protecting the First Amendment
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When: 4/12/2011
12:15 PM
Where: Room 201, Bldg 39

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The ACLU and ACS Student Chapters of UDC David A. Clarke School of Law proudly present:

Protecting the First Amendment:
How DC recently enacted legislation that protects the public from Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs), and the campaign for enactment of such protections into federal law.


Peter Kurdock* is the Legislative Director for the Public Participation Project ( Previously, he was an Associate Director of Policy for the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). Mr. Kurdock has also served as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2005 and was an associate with a large New York City based law firm.

Art Spitzer is the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union - National Capital Area. For 30 years Mr. Spitzer has been fighting for the civil liberties of people in the Washington Dc area, including recently helping draft DC legislation regarding SLAPPs. Prior to being appointed to his current position in 1980, he worked at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering. Mr. Spitzer is a native of New York City and a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School.

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 12:15pm

Where: Room 201 (Bldg. 39-UDC-DCSL)

A FREE wholesome box lunch will be provided!
(sandwich, chips, apple, coleslaw, cookie, and bottled beverage)

*Mr. Kurdock will also provide information about potential 2011 summer internships at the Public Participation Project for Summer Public Interest Fellows.

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