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 Vol. 29, No. 4–Vol. 30, No.1                                                                 March 2005

  Friends, Colleagues Remember Gordon Conable
Gordon M. Conable, President of the Freedom to Read        Inside this issue of FTRF News…
Foundation, died unexpectedly on January 12 in
Riverside, CA. Gordon said he became a librarian in         Victory in Ark. Harmful to Minors case, p. 2
order to pursue his passions of free speech and First       FTRF files briefs in Kaczynski, Texas
Amendment defense.                                           textbook, and Friends cases, p. 2–3
                                                            Letter to Secy. of Education Spellings, p. 4
At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter
Meeting in Boston, to which he was scheduled to travel      Report to ALA Council from Boston, p. 4–7
on January 13, Gordon‘s friends and colleagues came
together to reflect how he influenced them both
personally and professionally. At the gathering, common    The Foundation has established a page on our Web
themes emerged: this was a man of fierce intelligence,     site, www.ftrf.org, which contains links to several
remarkable leadership abilities, and an unwavering         pages, including ALA‘s memorial resolution in
commitment to his profession and ideals; a man whose       Gordon‘s honor, tributes from his employer LSSI and
                               eyes sparkled in the        the Association of American Publishers, and obituaries
                               middle of a fiery debate,   from around the country.
                               so his opponent knew he
                               was enjoying every          Gordon‘s wife, Irene, a longtime Foundation member
                               minute—both because of      herself, has asked that any gifts in Gordon‘s name be
                               the discussion of inter-    directed to the Gordon M. Conable Memorial Fund,
                               esting ideas, and because   established by Freedom to Read Foundation to advance
                               he was able to spend time   the causes to which Gordon was most devoted and for
                               with a friend; a man who    which he worked most passionately. In the first month
                               cherished his family,       of its existence, the Conable Fund raised over $6,500.
whose warmth and good humor unfailingly extended           If you would like to donate, please contact the FTRF
everyone, whether longtime friend or new acquaintance.     office at (800) 545-2433 x4226 or e-mail ftrf@ala.org.
                                                           Alternatively, you can send a check, payable to the
Gordon was a member and leader of many state and           Freedom to Read Foundation, to the Gordon M.
national organizations through the years. Certainly his    Conable Memorial Fund, c/o Freedom to Read
commitment to the Freedom to Read Foundation was           Foundation, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. You
total. He was an FTRF member for 30 years, president       can also give online at www.ftrf.org. Notification of
for seven, and also served as treasurer and vice           gifts will be sent to Gordon‘s family.
president. In 1996, Gordon received the Foundation‘s
Roll of Honor award for his ―exemplary service to the      At the Midwinter Meeting, John W. Berry, at the time
cause of intellectual freedom.‖                            vice president, was elected Foundation president;
                                                           Candace Morgan was elected vice president. Subse-
One of Gordon‘s most shining moments came in 1992,         quent to Midwinter, former Trustee Eliza T. Dresang
when as director of the Monroe County Library System       was appointed Trustee through the 2005 Annual
(MI) he withstood an intense controversy over              Conference, when Conable‘s term was to end.
Madonna‘s book Sex. His steadfastness during that
difficult period made him a hero to many.
Freedom to Read Foundation News                       Vol. 29, No. 4–Vol. 30, No. 1                 Page 2

                                                            Harriet Selverstone
         Slate for 2005 FTRF                                Pratt Institute SLIS
                                                            New York, NY
         Election Announced
                                                            Tom Teepen
Thirteen candidates for the Freedom to Read Foundation      Journalist
Board of Trustees have been slated for the 2005 election    Atlanta, GA
by the Nominating Committee, composed of Trustees
John W. Berry, Candace Morgan, and Ginnie Cooper,           Mary Elizabeth (Ma’lis) Wendt
                                                            The New York Public Library
Chair. There are six vacancies on the Board to be filled.
                                                            Bronx, NY
Below is the list of candidates slated by the Nominating
                                                            According to Foundation election rules, at least two,
                                                            and no more than three, candidates must be nominated
     Candidates for Freedom to Read                         for each vacancy on the Board.
      Foundation Board, 2005–2007
                                                            Persons who wish to nominate candidates by petition
John W. Berry                                               should submit 25 signatures of current members of the
NILRC: Network of Illinois Learning Resources in
                                                            Foundation in support of each candidate. Names of
Community Colleges
                                                            petition candidates, and the required signatures to
River Forest, IL
                                                            support each, must be received by the Executive Direc-
Therese Bigelow                                             tor of the Foundation no later than March 21, 2005.
Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City, MO                                             Ballots will be mailed April 1 to all persons holding
                                                            paid memberships in the Foundation as of that date.
Jonathan Bloom
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
New York, NY

Susan Brynteson                                                                Updates
University of Delaware Library

                                                                Arkansas “harmful to
Newark, DE

Mary Kay Dahlgreen
Oregon State Library                                           minors” display law ruled
Salem, OR
David Gunckel
Sierra Vista Public Library                                 On November 16, 2004, U.S. District Judge Thomas
Mesa, AZ                                                    Eisele of the federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas,
                                                            struck down the provisions of the Arkansas Code
Anne Heanue
                                                            criminalizing the public display of books that are
Alexandria, VA
                                                            inappropriate for younger minors but constitutionally
James G. Neal                                               protected as to older minors and adults. The Freedom
Columbia University Libraries                               to Read Foundation was a plaintiff in the case, Shipley,
New York, NY                                                Inc. v. Long, along with That Bookstore in Blytheville,
                                                            the American Booksellers Foundation for Free
Judith Platt
                                                            Expression, the Arkansas Library Association, the
Association of American Publishers
Washington, DC
                                                            Association of American Publishers, the Comic Book
                                                            Legal Defense Fund, the International Periodical
Jordan Scepanski                                            Distributors Association, and the ACLU of Arkansas.
Zayed University
Dubai, United Arab Emirates                                 On January 11, 2005, Arkansas appealed Judge
                                                            Eisele‘s decision to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Freedom to Read Foundation News                         Vol. 29, No. 4–Vol. 30, No. 1                  Page 3

                                                              The Foundation‘s brief is in support of the defendants,
          New Litigation                                      Warner Bros., and argues that in a creative
                                                              environment that produces First Amendment protected
                                                              material, the imposition of a test to determine whether
     FTRF files amicus in                                     the offending language was ―necessary‖ to the creative
                                                              output has the effect of stifling the speech of the
    Unabomber papers case                                     producers and, ultimately, of distributors. The brief,
                                                              which refers to a more extensive amicus brief
In October, the Foundation partnered with the Society of      submitted by the newspaper industry, focuses on the
American Archivists (SAA) to file an amicus curiae            effect the ruling would have on the book community,
brief urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to            specifically the ability of authors to create books with a
reverse a lower court‘s decision allowing the                 ―free exchange of ideas and information during the
government to withhold public access to the original          creative and editorial process,‖ threatening to lead to ―a
writings of Ted Kaczynski, who pled guilty to the             diminution of works addressing sensitive topics.‖
―Unabomber‖ crimes. The government has refused to
release Kaczynski‘s original journals, which he desires
to donate to the University of Michigan. The brief, filed
by the ACLU of Northern California on behalf of FTRF
                                                                   FTRF joins amicus in
and the SAA, asserted that the documents in question
should be preserved and made accessible to scholars,
                                                                   Texas textbook appeal
researchers, and the public, without taking a position on     FTRF filed an amicus brief in conjunction with the
the how this objective is achieved.                           American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
                                                              and the National Coalition Against Censorship in
The case, Kaczynski v. United State of America, is            support of author Daniel Chiras and a group of students
currently pending before the Ninth Circuit.                   and parents who are fighting the Texas State Board of
                                                              Education‘s decision to reject Chiras‘ textbook,
                                                              Environmental Science: Creating a Sustainable
    Book organizations files                                  Future. In refusing to adopt Chiras‘ text for use in
                                                              Texas high-school environmental science classes, the
     brief in Friends case                                    board said the textbook was ―anti-Christian‖ and ―anti-
                                                              free enterprise.‖
The Freedom to Read Foundation has joined the
Association of American Publishers, the American              The plaintiffs appealed the decision of the District
Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Comic         Court, which ruled that the school board could reject
Book Legal Defense Fund, and the Publishers Marketing         textbooks if it disagrees with the author‘s viewpoint
Association in an amicus brief submitted to the               when its viewpoint discrimination is ―reasonably
California Supreme Court in the case Lyle v. Warner           related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.‖ The brief
Bros. The case, involving a sexual harassment claim by        from the Freedom to Read Foundation argues that the
a former employee of the company that produced the TV         First Amendment limits the discretion of school boards
show Friends, revolves around the question of whether         with respect to curriculum decisions; the ideological
the often vulgar language in the writers‘ room, used          concerns alleged in the case at hand are not legitimate
among the sitcom‘s writers during the creation of the         pedagogical concerns; that the procedure the board
show, created a hostile workplace environment.                used was irregular and suggested constitutionally
                                                              impermissible motives; and that manipulation of
The initial lawsuit was dismissed but the state court of      curriculum decisions for partisan purposes harms
appeals ruled that the plaintiff could take the matter to a   public education and distorts textbook publishing.
jury, which could hear arguments on whether the
writers‘ discussion was ―creatively necessary‖ for the        The case, Chiras v. Miller, is pending before the Fifth
show.                                                         Circuit Court of Appeals.
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                                                            It is especially disheartening that PBS so readily agreed
             Other News                                     to cancel distribution of the program. PBS officials
                                                            have not only demonstrated how vulnerable their
                                                            professional decisions are to political pressure, they
 FTRF joins letter protesting                               also have violated their mission to serve ―all American
                                                            children.‖ In doing so, PBS disserves its audience and
  Secretary of Education’s                                  undermines viewers‘ right to make their own selections
    action on PBS show                                      from a diverse menu of choices.

                                                            The children who might have enjoyed the program and
Below is the text of an open letter signed by the           learned something from it are the real losers.
Freedom to Read Foundation and others regarding new
                                                               National Coalition Against Censorship
Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings.
                                                              American Booksellers Foundation for Free
February 1, 2005                                                             Expression
                                                                   Feminists for Free Expression
On her second day as Secretary of Education, Margaret                 First Amendment Project
Spellings sent a letter to PBS in which she pressured the           Freedom to Read Foundation
network into canceling an episode of ―Postcards from                    PEN American Center
Buster,‖ a children‘s program intended to teach about
diversity. The program, which is about making maple         Note: PBS officials claimed their decision not to
syrup and dairy farming in Vermont, features a              distribute the “Postcards from Buster” episode was
household headed by two women. Their relationship is        unrelated to Secretary Spellings’ letter. A number of
not defined, nor is sexual orientation mentioned.           local PBS stations aired the episode independently.
Nevertheless, fearing that some ―parents would not want     PBS president and CEO Pat Mitchell announced on
their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed    February 15 that she would not stay on after her
in the episode,‖ Ms. Spellings suggested PBS refund         contract expires in June 2006.
federal money spent on the show and issued a warning
to PBS about future support.

Secretary Spellings has crossed a critical constitutional         Report to Council
line. The Supreme Court has recognized as ―a bedrock
principle underlying the First Amendment, … that the                2005 Midwinter Meeting
government may not prohibit the expression of an idea
simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or            Boston, Massachusetts
disagreeable.‖ Nor can the Government ―leverage its
power to award subsidies on the basis of subjective         The Freedom to Read Foundation reports to the
criteria into a penalty on disfavored viewpoints,‖ or       American Library Association Council at each Annual
employ the power of the purse ―to have a ‗coercive          Conference and Midwinter Meeting. The following is
effect‘… calculated to drive ‗certain ideas or viewpoints   an edited version of the report presented at the 2005
from the marketplace.‘‖                                     Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The Education Secretary‘s role is not to represent          It is with great sadness that I present this report in the
exclusively the interests of only one group of parents      place of our friend and colleague Gordon Conable,
and impose one set of beliefs on everybody else, but to     who was President of the Freedom to Read Foundation
foster the best possible educational environment for all,   and an ALA Councilor. Gordon died unexpectedly this
including the children of gay parents. In a free society,   past Wednesday, January 12, as he was preparing to
parents can decide for themselves and their children        attend this meeting. Gordon was an unsurpassed
what is, and is not, acceptable viewing. Some parents       champion of intellectual freedom, a wise and generous
may applaud the segment, others may condemn it; the         mentor to many, and a consummate librarian who was
vast majority probably would not even recognize sexual      a true leader of our profession. He gave many years of
orientation as an issue.                                    dedicated service to FTRF, serving as Treasurer, Vice-
                                                            President, and seven years as President.
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Above all things, Gordon cherished and adored his wife,       used to obtain information about persons not connected
Irene, and his son, Edward. He absolutely beamed              in any way to terrorism, espionage, or criminal activity;
whenever he spoke of them. Our thoughts and prayers           and the procedural rules governing the secret Foreign
are with them.                                                Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The Foundation has established a fund in Gordon‘s             We hope for similar success in Muslim Community
name, which will be used to advance the causes to which       Association of Ann Arbor v. Ashcroft, the facial
Gordon was most devoted and for which he worked               challenge to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act,
most passionately. Irene has asked that any gifts in          which amends the business records provision of the
Gordon‘s name be directed to this fund.                       Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to permit the FBI
                                                              to obtain all types of business records, including library
Building on Gordon‘s contributions and those of so            records, without a showing of probable cause. The
many others, the work of the Foundation continues. I          District Court heard oral arguments on the govern-
am pleased to report on the Foundation‘s activities since     ment‘s motion to dismiss the plaintiffs‘ complaint in
the 2004 Annual Conference:                                   December 2003. We are still awaiting a decision.

THE USA PATRIOT ACT AND LIBRARY                               FTRF joined with other civil liberties groups in
PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY                                   opposing portions of the Intelligence Reform Act of
                                                              2004, which would have expanded law enforcement‘s
The right to read and access information in the library       ability to demand records without government review.
anonymously, without government interference, is a            While some of the provisions FTRF opposed were
bedrock of intellectual freedom. FTRF remains steadfast       eliminated from the legislation, troubling provisions for
in its efforts to defend this right by opposing portions of   national standards for driver‘s licenses were retained
the USA PATRIOT Act and other laws threatening                and adopted as law.
readers‘ rights to privacy and confidentiality.
                                                              This year, we anticipate a full debate over Section 215
In one key challenge to the USA PATRIOT Act, John             and other provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act as the
Doe and ACLU v. Ashcroft, we saw a judgment in                2005 sunset date for Section 215 draws closer. The
favor of the plaintiff, an Internet Service Provider (ISP),   ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee is urging
who challenged an FBI-issued National Security Letter         everyone to sign the Reader Privacy Petition
(NSL) ordering the ISP to turn over certain user records.     encouraging the amendment of Section 215; it is
On September 29, Judge Marrero of the Southern                available online at www.readerprivacy.org.
District of New York ruled that the NSL provision in
Section 505 of the act, which permits the FBI to compel       PRESERVING THE FREEDOM TO READ:
the production of information without judicial review, is     NEW LITIGATION
an unconstitutional infringement on the rights assured by
the Bill of Rights. His decision is stayed pending the        The Freedom to Read Foundation works to safeguard
government‘s appeal. FTRF will continue to support the        everyone‘s freedom to read, view, and listen by
plaintiffs as amici, joining ALA and ABFFE.                   participating in lawsuits brought to defend First
                                                              Amendment rights and the right to freely access
The Foundation, in partnership with the ACLU,                 information. Since the Foundation last reported to
challenged the FBI‘s refusal to respond to a Freedom of       Council, it has joined in the following lawsuits:
Information Act request concerning the Bureau‘s use of
Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act in ACLU v.                 Kaczynski v. United States of America: (See p. 2)
Department of Justice. The District Court in Washing-
ton, D.C., ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, and in June,     Chiras v. Miller: (See p. 3)
the FBI began to release relevant records and docu-
ments. These include a memorandum showing that the            FTRF also is monitoring The Center and Hernandez
FBI invoked its Section 215 authority a few weeks after       v. Lingle, a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of a
Attorney General Ashcroft stated publicly that those          library user in Hawaii who was ejected from the library
powers had never been used; internal FBI memos                by a security guard for viewing the website
advising agents that the USA PATRIOT Act could be             www.gayhawaii.com. The guard relied upon a state
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trespass statute that gives public officials broad powers    September 6, the Texas Supreme Court issued its
to ban individuals from using public spaces. FTRF is         opinion in favor of the newspaper. FTRF joined in an
not currently a party to this lawsuit.                       amicus curiae brief supporting the defendants.

CONTINUING LITIGATION                                        The Foundation is also involved in these actions:

The Foundation is involved in several other lawsuits         FCC petition for reconsideration: This petition
addressing First Amendment rights. I am pleased to           before the Federal Communications Commission
report the Foundation‘s success in the following cases:      (FCC) asks the agency to reconsider and reverse its
                                                             decision to impose penalties on NBC for airing an
Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union (formerly         allegedly indecent comment made by the singer Bono
ACLU v. Reno): On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court            during the 2003 Golden Globe Awards. FTRF is one
upheld the injunction barring enforcement of the             of several organizations that joined together to file the
Children‘s Online Protection Act (COPA), a law that          petition after the FCC reversed its original order, which
proposes restrictions on Internet content deemed             had concluded that Bono‘s comment, taken in context,
―harmful to minors.‖ The Court concluded that the            was not indecent or obscene. The petition also urges
plaintiffs are likely to prevail on their claim that COPA    the FCC to set aside new rules imposing more stringent
unconstitutionally burdens free speech, holding that         punishment on broadcasters for indecency. The petition
―content-based prohibitions, enforced by severe criminal     remains pending before the FCC.
penalties, have the constant potential to be a repressive
force in the lives of a free people.‖ The Court returned     United States v. Irwin Schiff, et al.: After the federal
the case to the District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania for   government successfully sought a temporary
a trial to determine whether COPA is the least restrictive   restraining order against Irwin Schiff and his publisher,
means of achieving the government‘s goal of protecting       Freedom Books, forbidding them to publish Mr.
children from seeing sexually explicit materials online.     Schiff‘s book, The Federal Mafia: How Government
                                                             Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income
Video Software Dealers Association, et al. v. Maleng:        Taxes, the Foundation filed an amicus brief opposing
On July 15, Judge Robert Lasnik struck down the              the court‘s use of prior restraint against the book in
Washington State law barring the sale or rental to minors    order to defend the principle that the First Amendment
of any video game containing depictions of violence          protects even fringe opinions or beliefs. On August 9,
directed against ―public enforcement officers,‖ ruling the   the Ninth Circuit handed down a decision affirming the
law was an unconstitutional restriction on speech. FTRF      lower court‘s order, that Schiff‘s book is deceptive
participated as an amicus curiae in the lawsuit with         commercial speech and, therefore, not protected by the
other members of the Media Coalition.                        First Amendment.

Center for Democracy and Technology v. Pappert               Yahoo!, Inc. v. La Ligue Contre Le Racisme et
(formerly Center for Democracy and Technology v.             L’Antisemitisme: French courts assessed monetary
Fisher): The Center for Democracy and Technology             penalties against Yahoo! and filed criminal charges
succeeded in their legal challenge to a Pennsylvania         against its CEO for allowing the sale of Internet
statute that allowed a Pennsylvania district attorney or     auction items and the posting of book excerpts on its
the state‘s Attorney General to order ISPs—including         Web site related to the Nazi regime. Such activities
libraries—to block access to specified Web sites. On         violate French law but are fully protected speech under
September 10, the District Court struck down the law,        the U.S. First Amendment. Two French organizations
finding that it had resulted in the blocking of access to    initiated the legal action against Yahoo! in France and
more than one million wholly innocent Web sites while        won the initial lawsuit. Subsequently, Yahoo! filed
having little effect on the approximately 400 child          suit in the U.S. to obtain a ruling on the validity of the
pornography sites targeted by the law.                       French court‘s order in light of its users‘ First
                                                             Amendment rights. After the District Court judge
New Times, Inc. v. Isaacks: This defamation lawsuit          ruled that the First Amendment barred any enforcement
sought damages from an alternative newspaper in Dallas       of the French court‘s order in the U.S., the two French
after it published a satirical article critical of the       groups filed an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court
officials‘ actions in jailing a 13 year-old boy. On          of Appeals. That court reversed the ruling on the
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grounds that the District Court lacked jurisdiction over    the government decided not to seek an appeal before
the French parties.                                         the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision upholding free
                                                            expression rights is now final.
FTRF has now joined in an amicus curiae brief
supporting Yahoo!‘s petition for rehearing or rehearing     The State of Arizona has decided to appeal the
en banc before the entire panel of judges serving on the    decision of the District Court awarding summary
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As detailed in earlier      judgment in favor of FTRF and other plaintiffs in
reports, the FTRF board believes that the free expression   ACLU v. Goddard, which challenges the constitution-
and intellectual property rights affected by the lawsuit—   ality of the state‘s ―harmful to minors‖ Internet content
both at home and abroad—must be rigorously defended.        law. The case is pending before the Ninth Circuit
[Update: On February 10, the Ninth Circuit ordered a        Court of Appeals.
rehearing en banc. Oral argument is scheduled for
March 24, 2005.]                                            FUNDRAISING AND MEMBERSHIP
INTERNET CONTENT LAWS                                       The Foundation Board members are intensifying our
                                                            efforts to increase membership, including encouraging
The Freedom to Read Foundation has participated as a        more ALA chapters, state school media associations,
plaintiff in several lawsuits challenging state laws that   and students to join the organization.
criminalize the distribution or display of materials
deemed ―harmful to minors.‖ I am pleased to report our      Challenges to the freedom to read are growing, and the
success in Shipley, Inc. v. Long (formerly Shipley, Inc.    Foundation needs your support more than ever. To
v. Huckabee). (See p. 2)                                    become a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation,
                                                            please send a check to:
On October 5, the District Court granted summary
judgment to the government in Athenaco, Ltd. v. Cox,                 Freedom to Read Foundation
a lawsuit challenging a Michigan statute that makes it               50 E. Huron Street
unlawful for any person to allow minors to examine                   Chicago, IL 60611
sexually explicit material that is ―harmful to minors.‖
Other organizations joining FTRF as plaintiffs include      You also can use a credit card to join the Foundation.
ABFFE, the Association of American Publishers, the          Call (800) 545-2433 ext. 4226 or visit us online at
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and several Michigan         www.ftrf.org to use our secure online donation form.
booksellers. The court based its decision on statements
made by the state‘s attorneys, who claimed that the         Respectfully submitted,
statute should be narrowly interpreted and would have
limited effect on free expression. FTRF and its partners    John W. Berry
have not filed an appeal.                                   President, Freedom to Read Foundation

The Foundation joined with several other plaintiffs to
file ABFFE v. Petro, a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s
amendment to its ―harmful to juveniles‖ law that affects
both print and Internet content. On September 27, the
District Court sustained in part and overruled in part      Freedom to Read Foundation News (ISSN 0046-5038) is
both parties‘ motions for summary judgment. The             issued quarterly to all members of FTRF. Regular member-
parties are now waiting on an expanded opinion              ship in the Freedom to Read Foundation begins at $35.00
explaining the court‘s judgment.                            per year. Contributions to the Foundation should be sent to:
                                                            Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL
                                                            60611. You also can join by phone at (800) 545-2433 x4226
FTRF and its co-plaintiffs won in PSINet v. Chapman
                                                            or online at www.ftrf.org/joinftrf.html. All contributions are
when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 24         tax-deductible.
upheld the permanent injunction forbidding enforcement
of Virginia’s Internet content law. After the Fourth        The Freedom to Read Foundation is the First Amendment
Circuit rejected the government‘s petition for rehearing,   legal arm of the American Library Association.
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            American Library Association  Office for Intellectual Freedom

                             LAWYERS FOR LIBRARIES

                       Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
                            May 4, 2005  Atlanta, GA

                   Co-sponsored by SOLINET and in conjunction with the
                   SOLINET Annual Membership Meeting, May 5-6, 2005.

      Lawyers for Libraries Southeast Regional Training Institute is the sixth in an ongoing series
      of Continuing Legal Education institutes intended to ensure that libraries throughout the
      United States will have access to committed, informed attorneys who can provide clear
      guidance and expertise when dealing with First Amendment issues. The topics to be
      addressed include:

                                     Privacy & confidentiality 
                                     The USA PATRIOT Act 
                                         Internet filtering 
                                  Challenges to library materials 
                                       Minimizing liability 

      These sessions—conducted by some of the preeminent attorneys in the field of library First
      Amendment law—provide a wonderful opportunity for attorneys and trustees to learn the
      laws, legal precedents, and practical strategies they need to help libraries. Librarians are
      welcome, but must be accompanied by an attorney.

                               Cost: $395/person; $745 for two
                       Single/double at Georgia Tech Hotel: $149/night
                 Visit www.ala.org/lawyers, call (800) 545-2433 x4226, or e-mail
                        lawyers@ala.org to register or for further details.

                      For more on the SOLINET Annual Member Meeting,
                       visit www.solinet.net/events or call (800) 999-8558.

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