Court rejects Pierce College’s attempt to dismiss lawsuit against its tiny ‘free speech zone’


Court to college: Despite your restrictive policies, the open areas of your campus are public forums for student speakers.Los Angeles Pierce College, part of the nation’s largest community college district, restricts speech to .003 percent of campus.Student Kevin Shaw sued administrators at Pierce College and the Los Angeles Community College District after he was prevented from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on campus.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18, 2018 — In an order issued yesterday, a federal district court denied Los Angeles Community College District and Pierce College administrators’ motion to dismiss student Kevin Shaw’s First Amendment lawsuit. Finding that the open spaces of public colleges like Pierce College are traditional public forums — “regardless of Pierce’s regulations” — the court rejected the school’s argument that its tiny “free speech area” was constitutional.