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The First Amendment Lawyers Association (FALA) is an Illinois-based association of attorneys devoted to the First Amendment.


FALA takes First Amendment cases in the adult entertainment industry

Formed in the late 1960s, the group primarily defends clients in the adult-entertainment industry against obscenity, zoning, licensing, and other government regulations. FALA, which has more than 180 members, meets twice a year to discuss a variety of current issues in First Amendment law.


FALA involved in First Amendment Supreme Court cases

FALA regularly files amicus briefs in First Amendment cases before the Supreme Court involving adult entertainment.


Such cases have included City of Erie v. Pap’s A.M. (2000); City of Los Angeles v. Alameda Books (2002); and City of Littleton v. Z.J. Gifts D-4, L.L.C. (2004).


Former and current FALA members include some of the nation’s finest First Amendment lawyers: Paul J. Cambria Jr., Stanley Fleishman, Elmer Gertz, Wayne B. Giampietro, H. Louis Sirkin, and John Weston.


David L. Hudson, Jr. is a law professor at Belmont who publishes widely on First Amendment topics.  He is the author of a 12-lecture audio course on the First Amendment entitled Freedom of Speech: Understanding the First Amendment (Now You Know Media, 2018).  He also is the author of many First Amendment books, including The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech (Thomson Reuters, 2012) and Freedom of Speech: Documents Decoded (ABC-CLIO, 2017). This article was originally published in 2009.​


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