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Speaking Freely

An interview with Christina Wells, Professor of Law

Christina Wells speaks freely about political and legal issues, for as Professor of Law at MU, her research falls under the auspices of constitutional law, especially freedom of information and access to government information, both of which relate to the First Amendment. Wells “cut her teeth” as a law professor, so to speak, on matters related to protest law, looking specifically at how the government uses national security rationales to limit freedom of speech, for example by keeping protestors “penned in one area…more than one would think the law would allow.” While her early work focused on protests at medical and abortion clinics, she has recently begun to examine funeral protest laws, not only because both the protests and the laws governing them are bound up in First Amendment issues but also, coincidentally, because the protests that spawned this legislative action took place in Westboro, Kansas, the state in which Wells grew up.

Audio and Video Tagged with first amendment

Freedom of speech, freedom of information, constitutional law

From an interview with Christina Wells, Professor of Law

Generally speaking, all of Christina Wells’ research falls under the auspices of constitutional law, especially the areas of freedom of information and access to government information, both of which relate to the First Amendment.

The benefit of the first amendment

From an interview with Christina Wells, Professor of Law

“Sometimes the law is absolutely clear and every scholar will agree, but usually you’ll find some disagreement about the answer to it. That’s the good thing about hard cases – they involve a public discussion and some sort of public resolution…. That’s what I see as the great thing about the First Amendment – that you are allowed to talk about these things.”