July 22, 2011 -- Professor Eugene Volokh discussed the Supreme Court view of free speech rights in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article.
"The court has a broad view of free speech rights when the government is acting as a sovereign, using its coercive power to tell people what they can and can't do," said Eugene Volokh, a professor at the UCLA School of Law who specializes in the First Amendment.
The court has a much narrower outlook on free speech, Volokh continued, when the government is acting as a manager, employer, educator or subsidizer. Thus the court has supported restrictions on speech rights of students at school-sponsored events who appear to endorse drug use and employees who are critical of their superiors, among others.
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