Bruce Fein possesses a wealth of scholarship and experience in First Amendment law. He has extensive experience in speech of the press, commercial speech, church-state relations, freedom of association, and the right to petition for redress of grievances.
Mr. Fein’s First Amendment litigation experience includes: defamation cases implicating the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and personal jurisdiction over non-resident defendants; cases challenging local restrictions on yard signs, and standard less delegations of authority to restrict free speech on public property; and cases involving free speech restrictions in public high schools and universities, including censorship of disfavored ideas, reference materials, or speech codes.
Mr. Fein represented Edward Snowden’s father, and has argued on national and international television and the print media that Mr. Snowden’s disclosures of wrongdoing by the United States is protected by the First Amendment right of free speech.
In addition, Mr. Fein has testified before Congress on a multitude of issues including, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and the First Amendment protection of hate speech; newsman’s privilege; and, free speech rights of cable franchises. He also served as general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, where he initiated the administrative revocation of the “Fairness Doctrine,” arguing that it impaired the free speech rights of broadcasters and news coverage of controversial issues. This revocation gave birth to talk radio.