Vanderbilt Law Review


Keane A. Barger

First Page



Public perception of the Roberts Court has been defined, to a significant degree, by its First Amendment jurisprudence. Defending free speech has been hailed as one of the Court's "signature projects." However, as some commentators have noted, once one looks beyond the high-profile cases, the Roberts Court has been decidedly less pro- speech. Recent Supreme Court rulings have not looked kindly upon free speech claims raised by students, humanitarian organizations, and, most pertinent for this Note, public employees. The apparent disparity between the treatment of corporate and financial interests, on the one hand, and the interests of labor, students, and humanitarian organizations, on the other, prompted one scholar to declare that "[tihe Roberts [C]ourt strongly protects speech that it likes, while allowing regulation of speech it disfavors."