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Adam Goldstein
Adam is the Attorney Advocate for the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Virginia. The SPLC is the nation's only legal assistance agency dedicated to helping high school and college journalists, advisers, and those working on their behalf. Since Sept. 2003, he has responded to over twelve thousand legal requests.

Currently, he is also an assistant professor teaching Michigan State University's Spring online course in Student Media Law. Some of his contributions also appear in the SPLC's textbook, Law of the Student Press.

Adam graduated from Fordham University School of Law and Fordham College at Lincoln Center.

Entries by Adam Goldstein

Dear Melissa Click: Your Apology Is Bulls***

(43) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 8:48 AM

The Mizzou professor caught on camera trying to stop student journalists from reporting in a public space issued an apology for her actions, and it's a wholly self-serving, insincere joke that only underscores how little she thinks she did wrong.

Here, line by line, I'd like...

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In Annual Statistics, Most Colleges Claim Zero Reported Sex Offenses

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:50 PM

It would be an insult to anyone possessing the tiniest flicker of intelligence to suggest that, in a 12-month period on a college campus, no student had reported to any campus employee that he or she had been a victim of a forcible sex offense.

Which says a lot about...

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Save Georgia State University's Student-Run Radio Station

(10) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:15 AM

The last day of finals at Georgia State University was Tuesday, May 6.

Most on-campus students had already gone home for the summer. The student newspaper, The Signal, had printed its last issue of the semester. The only students remaining on campus that morning were on their way to...

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Pennsylvania School Proposes Policy to Force Use of Slur

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Remember Neshaminy High School, the school that issued vague threats purporting to require that a student newspaper print the name of the school's football team, the Redskins, after the editors voted and decided it was a racial slur?

The threats are no longer vague. Instead, they're long-winded and...

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Pennsylvania School Demands Students Keep Using Racial Slur

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 2:37 PM

If you're looking for the dumbest thing a high school administration has done this year, you can probably stop looking.

Student newspaper editors at Neshaminy High School in Pennsylvania recently attracted a bit of attention when they published an editorial explaining they wouldn't use the...

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High School Violated Class President's Rights With Suspension

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 5:47 PM

As you may have heard by now, Heights High School in Kansas suspended the Senior class president, Wesley Teague, after he posted a Tweet that compared the football team to a nonexistent college team. But, curiously, few websites are reporting that the school's action violates well-established legal principles. 

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Anniversary of School Censorship Case an Opportunity to Change

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 11:30 AM

This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of one of the dumbest things the Supreme Court has ever done to damage the educational process: the decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier.

In Hazelwood, the Court found that a Missouri high school had the right to censor its...

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OSU Demonstrates Why Universities Shouldn't Handle Sex Assault Claims

(9) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 9:37 AM

In the past, I've made the point that universities shouldn't be adjudicating sexual assault claims. Now, Oklahoma State has provided an object lesson, by showing how much can go wrong when you let a bunch of amateur investigators pretend to do the jobs of police and...

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Why the University of Georgia Student Editors Resigned

(22) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 12:23 PM

On Wednesday, the student editors of the University of Georgia's independent student newspaper resigned in protest and started planning their own publication. The SPLC's full story is about what happened is here. I want to offer one possible reason why it happened.

Founded in 1893, The...

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What's Even More Worrying Than Charging Teens for Fake Facebook Profiles

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 1:48 PM

Earlier this week, the Student Press Law Center covered a story out of Texas involving two young teens being charged for making a fake Facebook profile.

The girls, 12 and 13, stand accused of Online Impersonation, a law that appears to have been designed to...

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Indiana Superintendents Say More Expulsions Will Defend Student Rights

(9) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 1:18 PM

The general assembly in Indiana is considering a bill, HB 1169, that would extend the ability of administrators to punish student off-campus speech. As Student Press Law Center executive director (and my boss) Frank LoMonte summarized on the SPLC's blog:

House Bill 1169, pushed by the special-interest lobbyists...
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Judges Should Stop Giving Deference to School Officials

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 5:44 PM

In November, Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals gave a speech where he lamented that courts were no longer giving substantial deference to the decisions of educators because, in his words, judges "don't have any systematic knowledge of the education process."

As quoted in

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UVA Student Editor Avoids Discipline for Telling the Truth

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 2:54 PM

When a student judiciary starts to weigh in on the rights a student newspaper should have on campus, you can bet an awkward education in the First Amendment is going to follow. Last night, students at the University of Virginia got that education as the student judiciary decided not to...

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Rhode Island's Ban on Facebook in Schools Too Dumb to Be a Joke

(104) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 1:32 PM

You might be of the view that social media sites have revolutionized the way that people communicate and changed how we learn from each other. But if you are, you probably aren't serving in the legislature of Rhode Island.

Wait, what? Really? Rhode Island?

Oh yes, really. If Rhode Island's...

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Did Colo. Principal Who Censored Student Newspaper Plagiarize?

(29) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 1:27 PM

On May 3, Washington, D.C. will host World Press Freedom Day, an event designed to draw attention to the state of press freedom in the United States and around the world. Last week, the Student Press Law Center (and dozens of other organizations) published an open letter to President Obama...

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Colo. Principal Nixes Student Newspaper for Knowing Too Much

(753) Comments | Posted March 26, 2011 | 3:51 PM

If you don't have the luxury of watching student media all day, you might be operating under the misapprehension that bad journalism is what gets a student newspaper shut down. In fact, the opposite is true: most student reporters earn enemies in their administration by asking hard questions about important...

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NH Speaker's Position on Student Voters Harms His Ideological Allies

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 3:19 PM

We may have a new champion in the contest for the person who cares least about imparting the value of the democratic process on the next generation of American leaders: New Hampshire's state House speaker.

Speaker William O'Brien, a Republican, is supporting an effort to...

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Colleges Should Have Faith in Religious Speech

(7) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 6:11 PM

One of the unusual aspects of student speech law is that some problems are seasonal. For example, showdowns over high school yearbook themes tend to happen in the early fall, while colleges trying to illegally retaliate against newspaper advisers tend to act in the summer. And early next year, when...

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Fifth Circuit's Cheerleader Ruling Just Plain Wrong

(7) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 2:14 PM

You might wonder about what students today are learning in high school. Do they still teach the Pythagorean theorem? Are biology classes learning about global warming? And are cheerleaders cheering loudly enough for the people who sexually assault them?

Oh, you don't think schools should be teaching that last bit?...

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Rhode Island Student Paper Faces Eviction Threat

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 6:29 PM

Some First Amendment problems knock you down with the force of the state of California landing on your head. Others come in smaller orders of magnitude. Like, say, when the FCC shuts down your personal television network in Quahog, Rhode Island. Or, for example,

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