Law Over Lunch

The Carrico Center for Pro Bono and Public Service Law Over Lunch series provides workshops and CLE trainings to lawyers in the Richmond area on topical issues at no cost.

Upcoming Event: What’s Old is New Again: the Constitutional Conundrum of Book Bans in America

April 25, 2022 / 12-1:30 p.m. / Offered Virtually Via Zoom / 1.5 CLE credits pending

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Speakers: Jud Campbell, Associate Professor of Law

                Matt Callahan, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU of Virginia

Contact:   Tara Casey,  Director, Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service

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The Carrico Center continues its popular Law Over Lunch CLE series with a program that explores the history of book censorship and bans in America’s public spaces, their recent resurgence in state legislatures and school boards, and the evergreen and evolving Constitutional issues that these actions create. 

From Wyoming to Oklahoma to Tennessee, book ban efforts are spreading across the United States. The American Library Association recently reviewed an “unprecedented” 330 reports of book challenges, each of which included multiple books, from Fall 2021. Whether in public schools or libraries, these challenges focus upon books that often address sexual and racial identity from the perspectives of historically marginalized communities. Therefore, these book ban efforts raise questions as to what is Constitutionally-permissible curation and what is government-sponsored, politicized censorship.

Join the Carrico Center as we welcome Jud Campbell, Associate Professor of Law and internationally-renowned Constitutional law scholar, and Matt Callahan, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Virginia. They will help us learn more about our country’s past, present, and future with book bans and their Constitutional limits.