Lopez v. Candaele

Los Angeles City College professor tells Christian student to "Ask God What Your Grade Is" (6/2/2020)

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Jonathan Lopez

In the fall of 2008, Jonathan Lopez attended Los Angeles City College (LACC) and was enrolled in a speech class. During this same time California voters passed Proposition 8 which amended the state’s constitution to define marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. (4/19/2020)


ADF Asks Ninth Circuit to Rehear Lopez v. Candaele Ruling

Last night, the ADF Center for Academic Freedom filed a Petition for Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Jonathan Lopez's case against the Los Angeles Community College District. (4/19/2020)


Reaction by LACCD to Recent Lopez Ruling

On Monday, Heather reported on a federal district court's recent ruling in Lopez v. Candaele, et al. upholding a preliminary injunction against the Los Angeles Community College District's speech code (4/19/2020)


Memo to Universities: Students "Do Not Equal" Employees

Eugene Volokh recently commented on the latest ruling in Lopez v. Candaele, relating it to his prior criticisms of hostile environment harassment in the employment context. In doing so, he further undercuts the primary response universities raise when students challenge the speech codes all too often embedded in these harassment policies. (4/19/2020)

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ADF files two appeals with U.S. Supreme Court over right of students to fight policies that muzzle speech

Calif., Md. cases spur question: Can students challenge policies that stifle them? (4/19/2020)

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ADF attorney available to media after hearing in ‘Ask God what your grade is’ case

L.A. Community College District seeks to continue its unconstitutional speech code (4/19/2020)


2010 Challenges Present 2011 Opportunities for Student Rights

At the beginning of a new year, there is a valuable opportunity for reflection on the past year and what it means for the future. (4/19/2020)


Court Affirms Reasoning of DeJohn Once Again

On Wednesday, Judge George A. King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California again rejected the Los Angeles Community College District's arguments in favor of its speech code in Lopez v. Candaele, et al. (4/19/2020)

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Court puts brakes on oppressive speech code at L.A. City College

Court grants motion in favor of student called ‘fascist bastard’ by professor for Christian beliefs (4/19/2020)

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ADF asks 9th Circuit to rehear ‘Ask God what your grade is’ ruling

Full court asked to reinstate injunction against problematic Los Angeles Community College speech code (4/19/2020)