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Defending the Free Speech Rights of Pro-Life Advocates

Life Legal Defense Foundation Creates Legal Program

Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Friday, January 20, the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) will host the seminar, "Defending the Free Speech Rights of Pro-Life Advocates," which is an approved CLE (Continuing Legal Education) program. The goal is to prepare attorneys to protect free speech rights when attempts are made to stifle pro-life advocacy.

"We want to show pro-life attorneys and activists that the law is on their side," said Dana Cody, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. "It is especially timely because it's right before the San Francisco Walk for Life and the National March for Life. We want to make sure that participants in those activities and protests will have their free speech protected."

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • First Amendment rights for rallies, protests, and sidewalk counseling
  • How to secure permits when authorities appear to be prejudiced
  • Trends of potential problems that can occur with confusing laws (e.g. bubble zones)
  • Overcoming current abuse with Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act(s)

Program details:

Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm.
Location: Event Center Hall B, Lower Level of St. Mary Cathedral of the Assumption, 1111 Gough Street and Geary Blvd., in San Francisco. Directions available at www.cathedraleventcenter.com/map.htm.
Cost: Suggested donation -- $30.00/per attendee. Light refreshments will be available during the seminar.
Register online at the LLDF site or call 707-224-6675
Presenters: LLDF Legal Director Katie Short and Senior Staff Counsel Allison Aranda. Ms. Short and Ms. Aranda were both counsel of record for Pastor Walter Hoye in his criminal and civil cases regarding Oakland's "bubble zone" law and regularly litigate cases involving pro-life speech activities.

About the Life Legal Defense Foundation
Life Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens, committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information, go to