Full Case Title: Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York, 519 U.S. 357 (1997)
Description: Determined whether buffer zones prohibiting demonstrations and blockades around abortion clinics violated the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
Legal Momentum's Role: Co-Counsel
The Supreme Court held that fixed buffer zones -- which prohibited demonstrations within 15 feet of the clinics' doorways, parking lot entrances, driveways, and driveway entrances -- were necessary to ensure the government's interest in public safety. However, the Court also ruled that floating buffer zones -- which prohibited demonstrations within 15 feet of any person or vehicle seeking access to or leaving the clinics -- violated the protestors' rights to free speech more than was necessary to serve public safety.
Legal Momentum was co-counsel in this case with Professor Lucinda Finley.