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News Posted on December 17, 2012

Professor Brownstein Comments for Daily Journal on Federal Court Ruling in Conversion Therapy Case

Professor Alan Brownstein commented for the Daily Journal on a recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb in a case involving a California law banning gay conversion therapy for minors.  Judge Shubb granted a preliminary injunction blocking the law, finding that those who wish to practice the therapy would be likely to prevail in claims that the law violates their First Amendment rights.

Professor Brownstein found the ruling problematic.  "What's disconcerting is the implication," he said.  "This could mean that whenever the regulation of a profession results in restrictions on speech, that somehow that requires federal judicial review."

Professor Brownstein, a nationally recognized Constitutional Law scholar, teaches Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, and Torts at UC Davis School of Law, where he holds the Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality.