2-Credit CLE Seminar – Regulating Funny: Free Speech and Humor Regulation

Temple Law Japan is honored to present Professor Laura Little as a special guest speaker for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic Regulating Funny: Free Speech and Humor Regulation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
18:30 doors open
19:00 seminar starts
21:00 seminar ends
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall (Access)
¥5,000 for attendees requiring CLE credit.
(Free to anyone not requiring credit)
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  • The seminar is held in English.
  • Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.

This talk explores how law regulates humor — both directly and indirectly. Through civil lawsuits, law regulates humor indirectly through damage judgments. Discussing what types of humor that courts tend to discourage, the talk will explore four doctrinal areas: contract, trademark infringement, employment discrimination, and defamation. The talk will also discuss direct regulation of humor by regulatory bodies other than courts. Finally, the talk will explore how humorists “fight back” against this direct censorship, by ridiculing censors and using unnecessary censorship as a comedic form. The talk will emphasis United States law, but will use Australian case law for comparative insight.

About the Speaker

Laura Little

Professor Laura E. Little serves as the Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government and Senior Advisor to the Dean. She specializes in federal courts, conflict of laws, and constitutional law. She teaches, lectures, and consults internationally on these subjects and is routinely engaged for training judges as well as for speeches at academic and judicial conferences.

The American Law Institute appointed her Associate Reporter of the Restatement (Third) of Conflict of Laws in November 2014. Before entering academia, Professor Little practiced law in Philadelphia, litigating commercial cases and representing the print media in First Amendment cases. Prior to her law practice, Professor Little served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States (October Term 1986) and Judge James Hunter III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1985-1986).

About CLE Credit

Attorneys who need credit should bring their state attorney ID number so that they can complete the necessary paperwork. Various states, including California and New York, recognize Pennsylvania CLE credits. However, attorneys are responsible for checking with the CLE board in their jurisdiction before attending the CLE seminar whether Pennsylvania CLE credits will count towards their CLE requirements and what their jurisdiction requires them to do to claim out-of-state CLE credits. Please inform us before the seminar if your CLE board requires anything other than a copy of the Pennsylvania CLE credit form and a certificate of attendance.

Note: Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.