The Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association is sponsoring a July 21 webinar on the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Gilbert to discuss some helpful practice pointers on sign code drafting and enforcement. Read our post Reed v. Gilbert: Impact to municipalities across the nation to prepare for the webinar.
Here is a description of the webinar:
On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Town of Gilbert, Arizona’s sign code. In a rare unanimous decision, all of the justices of the Court agreed that the Town’s code violated the core First Amendment requirement of content neutrality, and the majority opinion provided new insight on what it means for a regulation to be “content neutral.” The Court’s decision is expected to put thousands of sign codes at increased risk of legal challenges, which could mean increased legal costs for local governments, as well as potential negative impacts on communities’ aesthetic concerns. This program will include presentations by some of the nation’s leading scholars and practitioners on First Amendment and land use issues. Panelists will discuss the facts of the Reed case, the Court’s rationale for its decision, some of the important questions and unanswered issues stemming from the case, and some helpful practice pointers on sign code drafting and enforcement.
Speakers include Brian J. Connolly, Esq. of Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, P.C. in Denver, CO; Daniel R. Mandelker, Esq., Howard A. Stamper Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis; John M. Baker, Esq. of Greene Espel PLLP in Minneapolis, MN; and Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
CM credit and CLE credit will be available. More information, including registration, is available here.