Legal Memorandum: Public Employees' Freedom of Speech in LA

Issue: Does the Louisiana Constitution provide any greater freedom of speech protection to public employees in the context of patronage dismissals than that provided under the U.S. Constitution?

Area of Law: Constitutional Law
Keywords: First Amendment; Freedom of speech; Public employees
Jurisdiction: Federal, Louisiana
Cited Cases: 565 So.2d 1098; 907 So.2d 103
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 02/01/2011

The Louisiana case law turns to federal First Amendment precedent in deciding such matters when claims are asserted under the Louisiana Constitution.  See, e.g., Cameron v. Paul, 907 So.2d 103 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2005); Finkelstein v. Barthelemy, 565 So.2d 1098 (La. App. 4th Cir. 1990). 


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