October 6, 2009
Duke Law School
PANEL OF JUDGES
Professor of Law and Political Science
Senior Lecturing Fellow
Charles L.B. Lowndes Professor of Law
Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Research
Assistant Professor of Law
COUNSEL OF RECORD FOR RESPONDENT
Patricia A. Millett
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
United States v. Stevens will consider whether a federal law passed by Congress in 1999 is unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The respondent, Robert Stevens, was the first to be convicted under 18 U.S.C. Section 48 for “knowingly selling depictions of animal cruelty with the intention of placing those depictions in interstate commerce for commercial gain” when he sold graphic videos of illegal dogfighting involving pit bulls. A federal appeals court overturned his conviction, agreeing with Stevens that the animal cruelty law violated his First Amendment right to free speech. Is 18 U.S.C. Section 48 facially invalid?
Patricia Millett co-heads Akin Gump’s Supreme Court practice and has argued 26 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Please join her as she argues the case for the Respondent in United States v. Stevens before several Duke Law professors.
Supreme Court Moot
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Representatives of Duke Law faculty, staff, and students will participate in the selection of a new vendor to operate the second-floor café.
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