Golden Gate University Law Review


In ACLU of Nevada v. City of Las Vegas, the Ninth Circuit held that a local "solicitation" ordinance enacted by the City of Las Vegas violated the plaintiffs' rights to expressive speech under the First Amendment. Additionally, the Ninth Circuit held that a "tabling" ordinance, which provided a labor-related exception, violated the plaintiffs' right to equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The court also decided an issue of flrst impression: whether the practice of erecting tables in a public forum for the purpose of disseminating information constitutes expressive activity and is therefore deserving of First Amendment protection. The Ninth Circuit held that such expressive activity was protected by the First Amendment.