First Amendment Lawsuit Moves Forward, Florida Lawyers Defend Right To Free Speech, Email Petitions By Pro-Family Group

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Lawyers for the pro-family social advocacy group Florida Family Association gained an important legal victory last month for the First Amendment lawsuit filed against the Hillsborough County School Board, when a Tampa, Florida Judge denied the School Board’s request to dismiss the free speech litigation.

We deemed the school district’s decision to block our supporters’ emails but not the emails of other citizens to be a major violation of our First Amendment rights

Lawyers for the pro-family social advocacy group Florida Family Association (FFA) gained an important legal victory last month for the First Amendment lawsuit filed against the Hillsborough County School Board, when a Tampa, Florida Judge denied the School Board’s request to dismiss the free speech litigation.

The case (Case # 8:05-CV-2045 -T-24-TGW - In the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida), which involves the Florida Family Association’s right to petition for redress of grievances to a Florida government agency, began in October, 2005, when the Florida Family Association urged thousands of supporters to petition the School Board not to drop Christian and Jewish holidays from the school calendar. The School Board then placed a block on all email from Florida Family Association supporters.

The Florida Family Association is a pro-family organization whose supporters advocate for social causes including issues surrounding Internet porn and print pornography, sexual predators, children’s safety, abortion, gay marriage and television programming.

“We deemed the school district’s decision to block our supporters’ emails but not the emails of other citizens to be a major violation of our First Amendment rights,” said Florida Family Association’s executive director David Caton.

On April 21, 2006 U.S. District Court Judge Susan C. Bucklew ruled that the lawsuit in defense of the Florida Family Association’s free speech and petition rights to the Hillsborough County School Board could move forward.

Florida lawyer G. Donovan Conwell, Jr. with Conwell, Sukhia & Kirkpatrick, P.A. (http://www.csklawfirm.com) is representing the Florida Family Association in its lawsuit against the School Board. Since 1990, Don Conwell has successfully represented Florida Family Association in numerous other cases involving the organization’s First Amendment right to free expression. Conwell, Sukhia & Kirkpatrick, P.A. also is currently litigating First Amendment issues in the United States District Court on behalf of the Florida Senate in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of legislation regulating lobbyists.

About Conwell, Sukhia & Kirkpatrick

Conwell, Sukhia & Kirkpatrick, P.A., is a Florida law firm specializing in trial and appellate litigation. CSK’s Florida litigation attorneys specialize in commercial, personal injury and white collar disputes. G. Donovan Conwell, Jr. and Wrede Kirkpatrick have extensive trial and appellate litigation experience in intellectual property and technology law cases. Mr. Don Conwell is the former Chair of the ABA’s Computer and Internet Litigation Committee and has been voted by his peers as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite”. Ken Sukhia was appointed by the President to serve as the United States Attorney for North Florida and has handled over 80 state and federal jury trials, and over 80 appeals. He has represented President George W. Bush, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Florida Senate and Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist. Conwell, Sukhia & Kirkpatrick, P.A. have offices in Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida.

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Conwell, Sukhia & Kirkpatrick, P.A

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