Matal v. Tam was our winter 2017 SCOTUS in the Classroom case.
Each SCOTUS Term, Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to hold moot courts or mini-moot courts of the case the same weeks that the Supreme Court hears arguments, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments at the Court.
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Does the section of federal law that allows the federal government to refuse to register “disparaging” trademarks violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech?
- Brief of Petitioner: Michelle Lee, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Brief of Respondent: Simon Tam, leader of the band The Slants
- Amici: available on the SCOTUSblog case page
News Articles and Resources:
- Supreme Court to review case important to Redskins trademark fight (Washington Post)
- Should We Be Able to Reclaim a Racist Insult - as a Registered Trademark (New York Times Magazine)
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