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Two legal rights, one college experience. Freedom of expression and the right to an education free from harassment, threats, and abuse. Is it a battle? A balancing act? Something else entirely? Come hear from Attorney Elliott Hood, J.D., who has years of experience engaged in these ongoing questions. This presentation will explore the right to free speech, its limits, and how courts and colleges attempt to sort out students’ rights to say what we want while promoting a safe, productive, and equitable educational environment.

Elliott Hood has significant experience handling legal disputes involving special education, civil rights, disability and accommodation, charter schools, torts, student discipline, employment, and constitutional claims. Elliott has appeared on behalf of clients in civil and administrative appeals before the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Colorado State Board of Education. Before becoming a lawyer, Elliott was a 5th-grade teacher through the Teach for America program. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and his law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

A free lunch will be served at this event.  Student attendees earn 20
Civic Engagement Distinction points.

This event is open to employees and students, but please note: the speaker will only be covering students’ rights, not employee rights.