Shaping Justice: IJ Takes First Amendment Retaliation to SCOTUS

You are invited to join the Institute for Justice in Austin for an afternoon of dialogue and listening in to the SCOTUS oral argument in Gonzalez v. Trevino. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

IJ managing attorney Arif Panju will kick things off with remarks before listening to the SCOTUS argument in Gonzalez v. Trevino. Afterwards we will do a Q&A session and discuss IJ’s wide range of constitutional litigation in Texas.

In Gonzalez, IJ argues that the Constitution protects speech and prohibits government officials from retaliating against individuals who exercise their rights. In this case, it is plain that the City of Castle Hills, Mayor Trevino, Chief Siemens, and Detective Wright accused, investigated, and charged Sylvia Gonzalez with an obscure and ill-fitting crime and ensured that she would end up in jail, all because she spoke out against the city manager. That’s unconstitutional. So, the Institute for Justice teamed up with Sylvia to vindicate her constitutional rights. This lawsuit is part of IJ’s Project on Immunity and Accountability, which is devoted to the simple idea that government officials are not above the law; if citizens must follow the law, then government must follow the Constitution.

Access to our building: Due to construction to the front entrance of 816 Congress, please access our building via the temporary front entrance located in the alley (the doors are located near the loading docks in the alleyway accessible using either 8th or 9th street—9th street is closer to the entrance). After entering the building, you will pass the mailroom and building security. Please continue straight and you will arrive at the elevators. The event will be hosted on the 3rd floor of the building in the Longhorn conference room. IJ staff will be on site to direct attendees.

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