The First Amendment Project is an Oakland, California–based nonprofit public interest law firm that advocates in behalf of free expression values. Founded in 1992, the organization litigates on a variety of First Amendment issues, including SLAPP suits, art censorship, open records, and Internet speech restrictions.
The First Amendment Project has achieved many free expression victories through filing lawsuits and amicus briefs in important First Amendment cases. For example, the First Amendment Project successfully challenged in Brown v. California Department of Transportation (9th Cir. 2003) a California policy that restricted the display of flags over highways shortly after the al-Qaida attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. It filed amicus briefs in In re George T. (2004), in which the California Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected a student from criminal charges for writing dark poetry, and in American Amusement Machine Association v. Kendrick (7th Cir. 2001), in which the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated an Indianapolis ordinance restricting minors’ access to violent video games.
Despite its small staff, the First Amendment Project continues to fight vigorously in behalf of free expression values. It is led by senior counsel and founder James Wheaton and executive director David Greene.Send Feedback on this article