'State of First Amendment' panel discussion at Dominican

A panel of experts hosted a “State of the First Amendment” discussion at noon on March 14 in the Garden Room at the Dominican University of California’s Heritage and Alumni House.

The panel included first amendment attorneys David Greene and Peter Scheer, KQED newscaster Joshua Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Bob Egelko, and first amendment advocates Mickey Huff and Steve O’Donoghue.

The free event was part of Dominican’s “Stand Up. Sit Down. Speak Out” campaign during First Amendment Week,  March 12-16.  The campaign, that featured events designed to highlight free expression in public life, including journalism, politics, religion, art, music, film, and comedy, is co-sponsored by Dominican's Department of Communications and Media Studies and the Department of Political Science.

Dominican is one of six colleges nationwide recently awarded a $5,000 grant by the 1 for All program to support efforts to raise awareness of the First Amendment and the fundamental freedoms it protects.

1 for All and its campus effort, The Liberty Tree Initiative, were founded in partnership with the American Society of News Editors, the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, the First Amendment Center, and the Newseum.

Other universities awarded a grant include North Georgia College & State University, the University of Memphis, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, and Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.