JON KATZ, P.C.
Attorney at Law
LAWYER FOR JUSTICE
Practicing Law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia
FIGHTING FOR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
LIBEL DEFENSE / ADULT ENTERTAINMENT / MEDIA LAW / INTERNET LAW / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
MAIN OFFICE - SILVER SPRING, MD: JON KATZ, P.C., 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 703, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD 20910,
(301) 495-7755/FAX (301) 585-7733, jon[at]katzjustice[dot]com
VIRGINIA BRANCH OFFICE: Jon Katz, P.C., 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 600, Tysons Corner/ McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia 22102, (703) 917-6626.
HIGHLY-RATED LAWYER, ONE MILE FROM THE NATION'S CAPITAL
JON KATZ IS HIGHLY-RATED THROUGH PEER REVIEWS AND AVVO.COM CLIENT RATINGS, AND
IS REPEATEDLY CONSULTED BY THE NEWS MEDIA:
- AV-RATED by MARTINDALE-HUBBELL LAWYERS DIRECTORY
- WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE'S TOP 800 LAWYERS
-10.0 AVVO RATING
- BAR REGISTER-listed (Criminal Trial and White Collar Crime)
- NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED BY MAJOR MEDIA:
INTERVIEWED ON FIRST AMENDMENT LAW ON NBC'S TODAY SHOW, O'REILLY FACTOR & MSNBC TV; LOCAL CBS & NBC NEWS; BBC & CNN RADIO; WASHINGTON POST, USA TODAY & ASSOCIATED PRESS (click here).
"Jonathan Katz, an eminent First Amendment lawyer in Silver Spring, Maryland" - Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
Jon Katz, a "prominent First Amendment attorney." Baltimore Examiner.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
"Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write." Voltaire, letter to M. le Riche, February 6, 1770.
JON KATZ, P.C., is zealously committed to protecting and expanding the free expression rights and creative rights of all individuals, organizations, corporations, and the press.
The best response to unwanted speech is more speech, not censorship. The Constitution is dishonored by censorship. The United States is strengthened, not weakened, by strong protection of free expression and creative activity. Opponents of various expression have the right to voice their opposition as much as they want, but should not seek government censorship and prosecution.
Robust and competitive communications media and the Internet are essential components of free expression and democracy. JON KATZ, P.C., provides extensive services to the media, webmasters and Internet companies. To better understand the needs of webmasters and Internet companies, JON KATZ, P.C., produces this website in-house, with partner Jon Katz as webmaster.
Jon Katz is a First Amendment zealot. Jon's inspiration comes from the anti-Vietnam war movement's questioning of authority; America's many victories for individual liberties; and the terrific visual, literary, and performing arts that have survived constant attacks of prosecutors and would-be censors. Jon Katz was founding President of the Free Speech Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, is a longtime member of the American Civil Liberties Union (past local board member), and a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. Jon is editor of the Constitutional Law Firm page of the Open Directory Project by DMOZ (2001-present). Jon is a member of the Media Law Resource Center. The firm's free expression work has included the representation of adult businesses, advocacy for students in disciplinary proceedings, defense of free thought in these post-September 11 times, and the defense of IMF/World Bank protesters and the Plowshares defendants.
Jon Katz, P.C. strongly believes in charging a fair price for quality First Amendment defense (click here).
OUR PUBLISHED FIRST-AMENDMENT-RELATED VICTORIES
JON KATZ, P.C., has helped advance critical Constitutional rights through our following victories that have been published in the law books, where they will forever remain:
- Dring v. Sullivan, Dring v. Sullivan, 423 F. Supp. 2d 540 (D.Md. 2006). JON KATZ, P.C., convinces federal court to eject defamation suit brought against our client. See here for complete details and for Jon Katz, P.C.'s court filings.
- Maryland v. Taylor, et al., 371 Md. 617, 810 A.2d 964 (2002). JON KATZ, P.C., wins landmark victory for criminal defendants' rights. See here for complete details.
- Pack Shack v. Howard County, Maryland, 377 Md. 55, 832 A.2d 170 (2003). JON KATZ, P.C., jointly advances amicus argument that contributes to invalidation of unconstitutional county adult entertainment zoning ordinance. See here for complete details.
JON KATZ, P.C., provides comprehensive legal services to the adult entertainment industry. Our law partner Jon Katz is founding president of the Free Speech Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, which was founded with very active participation by JON KATZ, P.C. . We previously served as the Washington, DC, representative to the national Free Speech Coalition, which is the nation's adult entertainment industry's trade association.
OUR FIRST-AMENDMENT RELATED ARTICLES
Adult Retailers and the First Amendment
Can the CAN-SPAM Law
Defending Free Expression and Activists
Defending Boat Rockers, Including Libel and Obscenity Defendants
Fighting Censorship With The Pen
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Pay for a Quality Lawyer
Irony: Alleged Spammers Sue Anti-Spammers for Libel
Lawyers for Internet Freedom
Jon Katz, P.C. - Fighting Libel Cases
Jon Katz, P.C. - Lawyers for Sexual Freedom
Jon Katz, P.C. - Media Lawyers
Jon Katz, P.C. Wins Dismissal Of Nightclub Prosecution In Maryland's Highest Court
Jon Katz, P.C. Wins for the First Amendment in Baltimore
Jon Katz, P.C. Wins for Prison Officer Fired for Posing Nude
Jon Katz, P.C.'s First Amendment Victories (Each case is different (e.g., with a different set of facts, law, and adjudicators), and this listing is by no means meant to indicate the results JON KATZ, P.C., will obtain for future clients. Our goal, of course, is for winning advocacy at every turn).
Jon Katz, P.C.'s Joint Appellate Amicus Brief Advances Winning 1st Amendment Argument
Opposing DC Anti-Runner Legislation
Opposing Embarrassment Sentences
Opposing Unjust Prosecutions of Political Speech - Jon Katz, P.C.'s pro bono amicus brief for the DC National Lawyers Guild chapter, in Sassower v. U.S
Opposing Unnecessary Fattening of the Criminal Code
Pack Shack Appeal - First Amendment Brief
Pack Shack Press Release
Protecting The First Amendment On The Internet
Pushing for Constitutional Rights in the Military
Supporting the Free Speech Coalition
Vindicating Free Expression Rights Through State Constitutions
When First Amendment Rights Prevent Criminal Convictions
Zoning and Secondary Effects
Jon Katz, P.C. IN THE NEWS AND ON THE PODIUM FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT -
FOR NEWS COVERAGE AFTER 2006, SEE HERE.
TELEVISION AND RADIO
WJZ TV (Baltimore CBS affiliate) (August 29, 2006) - Partner Jon Katz discusses Jon Katz, P.C.'s representation of the Westboro Baptist Church against a Maryland federal court defamation suit filed by the father of a marine killed in Iraq. The WJZ news story hits it on the head that Jon is disgusted by the church’s messages that are the basis of this baseless libel action, but that he believes strongly in their right to express them. See the interview here. See our article on the issue here.
WJZ TV (Baltimore CBS affiliate) - Partner Jon Katz voices his opposition to Maryland bill criminalizing so-called upskirting and downblousing photography. See the interview here. See Jon's article on the issue here.
The O'Reilly Factor ( Fox Television News) (January 25, 2006). Partner Jon Katz returns to spar with Bill O'Reilly, this time on whether to dismiss the mistried counts in the criminal prosecution of Professor Sami Al-Arian, who was acquitted by a jury of the most serious charges against him for allegations related to terrorism. Jon emphasized that the jury has already spoken after a multi-million dollar, six-month federal trial where Professor Al-Arian was detained for over three years, presumed innocent every step of the way under the law. It is now time to move on. Jon pointed out that Professor Al-Arian's attorneys successfully argued to the jury that the First Amendment does not permit a conviction based solely on the defendant's views, and that the jury favored Professor Al-Arian 10-2 on all but two mistried counts. This interview will be available on our website by February 10, 2006. Click here.
BBC Radio 1 (Taped January 18, 2006) BBC's entertainment channel interviews partner Jon Katz about sorely misguided efforts to censor and suppress adult entertainment. Jon emphasizes that the First Amendment requires robust protection of such material, and that the First Amendment exists to protect controversial expression, in that non-controversial expression needs little Constitutional protection. In other words, "Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write." Voltaire, letter to M. le Riche, February 6, 1770. Furthermore, explicit adult entertainment has become so mainstream as to be found on major hotel pay-per-view options; under such circumstances, prosecutors face uphill battles to obtain obscenity convictions, and should focus their resources elsewhere. .
Clear Channel's KLSD Talk Radio AM 1360 (November 10, 2004) - On the heels of partner Jon Katz's Janet Jackson interview in USA Today (click here), KLSD Radio (San Diego, CA) matches Jon in a free-for-all against a representative from Parents Television Council who supports the $500,000 fine for the one-second exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl. Jon emphasizes that the First Amendment prohibits the fine. He also asks the reason for fear of women's breasts in American society. We see, and rightfully allow, women's exposed breasts in shopping malls for breastfeeding; men are not obligated to cover their breasts; but Janet Jackson's one-second breast exposure brings a half-million-dollar FCC fine.
WKY Radio (June 23, 2004). WKY's Dax Davis conducted a lengthy, live, spirited interview with Partner Jon Katz, with both decrying the Federal Communication Commission's power to impose stiff fines for so-called "indecent" broadcasting. Jon and Dax agreed that the term indecent broadcasting is ill-defined, and Jon railed against the First Amendment violations and censorship inherent in fining "indecent" broadcasting. Jon pointed out that the power we give to today's conservative censor can just as easily be abused by tomorrow's liberal censor. This indecent broadcasting issue has raised more attention after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl scandal and several radio stations' removal of the Howard Stern show.
Bill O'Reilly's Radio Factor (May 5, 2004). Partner Jon Katz was interviewed about a story that Los Angeles health officials failed to obtain subpoenas in demanding health records of over fifty adult entertainment actors and actresses, in the midst of positive HIV tests of several adult industry members; the demand was made to an HIV-testing organization that turned over the records.
Jon asserted that very private documents were demanded, and that this called for the parties to have their day in court, and to prohibit such seizures absent a court-ordered subpoena. Jon argued in favor of strong privacy protection against the government for such information, particularly of people who have not even tested positive for the HIV virus. The backlash could translate into fewer HIV tests by adult entertainment actors and actresses; confidentiality helps promote AIDS testing.
TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE (April 13, 2004) - Conservative radio host George Russell interviewed partner Jon Katz about a United State's marshal's scandalous insistence that a journalist erase her audiotape of a public speech by Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. Jon expressed his agreement with justice Scalia that the marshal's actions were plain wrong. Jon pointed out that in this instance First Amendment rights were violated during a talk by a conservative, but that free expression rights also can be violated when the speaker is from the other end of the political spectrum, as with Jon's defense of Ben Wetmore, who had his camcorder seized while videotaping an on-campus speech by Tipper Gore at American University. The interview was broadcast live on the Internet on WNTK radio's website.
NBC's TODAY SHOW (March 23, 2004) - TODAY interviewed partner Jon Katz about the wisdom of starting a .xxx Internet domain. Jon expressed his opposition to such a move, in that this will make it more likely to increase efforts unconstitutionally to censor adult entertainment. Jon's views were also covered in audio on Voice of America online (reprinted in Domains Magazine), followed by an opposing viewpoint, in New Republic online (reprinted by CBS online).
NBC News - Hagerstown, Maryland (September 23, 2003). The local NBC news affiliate interviewed Jon Katz on the last day of trial for a prison officer fired for posing nude on the Internet long before she was hired. For more information, click here.
Bill O'Reilly's Radio Factor (August 14, 2003). Partner Jon Katz appeared in his role as a Criminal Defense and First Amendment lawyer to discuss the federal government's new wave of obscenity prosecutions, including the current prosecution against Rob Black and Extreme Associates in Pittsburgh for distributing videos that apparently include not only explicit sex, but also scenes involving rape and other violence. Jon insisted that no matter how abhorrent and disgusting the material may or may not be, it is protected by the First Amendment. It is disingenuous to bring such prosecutions without amending the First Amendment, and probably very few Americans want to amend the First Amendment. Jon Katz insisted that the First Amendment provides widespread protection of expression. Allowing obscenity prosecutions chills expression that even many people want to experience; even Allen Ginsberg's masterful poem Howl suffered an obscenity prosecution (with Howl ultimately prevailing).
WUSA 9 News (CBS Affiliate in Washington, DC) (August 9, 2003). Partner Jon Katz appeared in his role as a First Amendment lawyer, arguing that the First Amendment prohibits Prince William County, Virginia's new adult zoning ordinance, which, among other things, requires criminal record checks of adult business owners. When asked about the county government's motivation for passing such an ordinance, Jon confirmed that elected politicians must swear to uphold the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution protects adult entertainment. Consequently, this ordinance violates the elected politicians' oath concerning the Constitution.
The O'Reilly Factor ( Fox Television News) (February 7, 2003). Partner Jon Katz appeared in his role as a First Amendment lawyer, to discuss Constitutional protections for exotic dancing, subsequent to the Kandyland decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Host John Kasich kept insisting that exotic nightclubs erode property values. In reply, Jon pointed to current studies that debunk such claims, pointed out that competitive factors lead exotic clubs away from detrimental effects to neighborhoods, and reaffirmed that Constitutional protections prevent banning such clubs. For more detail on the Constitutional rights afforded to adult entertainment, see Jon Katz, P.C.'s joint amicus brief at www.katzjustice.com/Adult.htm.
CNN Radio (April 17, 2002, Live). Partner Jon Katz appeared as president of the Free Speech Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to champion the First Amendment's vindication in Aschcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, et al. Appearing opposite Jon was Miriam Moore, of the Family Research Center.
TECH TV (Also broadcast on CNN Television's affiliates) (April 16, 2002). Partner Jon Katz appeared as a representative of the Free Speech Coalition to discuss the First Amendment benefits of Aschcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, et al. View a video clip of the program here.
BBC Radio's flagship TODAY program (April 11, 2002). Partner Jon Katz advocated quashing the Child Internet Protection Act. If enforced, CIPA would force the use of Internet censoring software filters on all computer terminals at libraries that either receive federal funds or favorable federal telecommunications rates. The tip of CIPA's iceberg is that software filters block out a huge universe of First-Amendment protected expression, and CIPA would amount to leaving federally mandated censorship in the hands of non-governmental for-profit filtering companies.
MSNBC TV's "First Hundred Days" with Mike Barnicle (April 26, 2001). Interview of partner Jon Katz opposite Donna Rice Hughes about First Amendment protection of adult entertainment. Jon Katz advocated the view that the First Amendment must continue to protect adult entertainment that is produced by and for adults.
MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, AND THE INTERNET
York Daily Record (September 25, 2006). Covering Jon Katz, P.C.'s motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church.
Baltimore Examiner (September 20 and August 29, 2006). Covering Jon Katz, P.C.'s representation of the Westboro Baptist Church against a Maryland federal court defamation suit filed by the father of a marine killed in Iraq. Jon Katz, our First Amendment law partner is disgusted by the church’s messages that are the basis of this baseless libel action, but he believes strongly in their right to express them. See our article on the case here.
CourtTV.com (May 27, 2005). "Experts: Indecency issues finally get day in court, thanks to Motley Crue ." After Motley Crue sued NBC for barring the group after its leader shouted the F--- word on-air, CourtTV.com covered partner Jon Katz's views: Katz "said he hopes a court case would result in striking indecency regulations altogether. 'Indecency laws violate the constitution — that's what I'd like to see the courts weigh in on, but I'm not holding my breath on that,' Katz said. 'Our first generations spilled their blood for the First Amendment in order for people to be able to express opinions people don't like.'"
St. Petersburg Times (April 5, 2005). "Lawsuit targets illegal e-mail." Partner Jon Katz supports First Amendment rights for spam defendants, and adds: "The anti-spam software keeps getting better and better, and when that doesn't work I use the delete key." He repeats his conviction that "Society needs to err on the side of allowing too much expression, rather than too little."
Madison County (Ill.) Record (December 22, 2004). Partner Jon Katz provides his views about the unconstitutionality and procedures involved in libel lawsuits, as illustrated by the complaint by a losing state supreme court candidate's libel suit alleging unlawful smearing by his opposition. Jon tells the reporter: "The First Amendment is clear about robust protection of freedom of expression." "I do not see any way the First Amendment can go uninjured if libel and defamation suits are allowed. Fortunately, the courts have set high hurdles." See article and Jon's photo here.
(December 14, 2004). Partner
Jon Katz gave the following commentary against a complaint to the FCC about
the televising of allegedly offensive material (flesh-colored bodystockings,
perhaps) during the opening ceremony of the 2004 summer Olympics): "'The
people have to show their democratic will and that they won't stand for this
kind of censorship,' [Jon Katz] said. 'It's totally against First Amendment
rights of free expression.'"
"He characterized the opening ceremony as 'activity that's much more mild than what we see during prime time.'"
USA TODAY (November 9, 2004, Money section). Partner Jon Katz gave the following commentary supporting Viacom/CBS's challenge to the FCC's $500,000 proposed fine for the brief exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl: "Jonathan Katz believes that current indecency rules are 'entirely unconstitutional' and that CBS has a case. 'All we saw is a brief glimpse of a breast. That's not enough to justify these chilling fines,' says Katz, an attorney at Jon Katz, P.C. in Silver Spring, Md. 'We're seeing more nudity ... on TV than ever before. Whether you like it or not, it's First Amendment protected.'"
Washington Legal Times (July 26, 2004). Legal Times covered Jon Katz, P.C.'s second lawsuit this year against Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, this time challenging the Army's rejection of our client's efforts to run a paid advertisement challenging the motivations for the Iraq war. More on this case is here. Our other lawsuit against Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld challenges the constitutionality of a federal law that allows courts to treat veterans' retirement pay as marital property that can be divided by divorce courts (see more information here).
Associated Press (May 19, 2004). Partner Jon Katz provided the following opinion on the Federal Trade Commission's CAN-SPAM regulations: "This is a back door effort to violate people's first amendment rights, whether well intentioned or not." See the Associated Press article here. See Jon's article on the CAN-SPAM regulations here.
Associated Press (May 4, 2004). Partner Jon Katz gave legal commentary in the midst of a voter registration drive by some adult entertainment industry members, as the presidential election looms a few months ahead. The reporter focused on the Bush II Administration's increasing number of federal obscenity prosecutions. Jon asserted that the obscenity prosecutions are a backwards step that damages First Amendment rights. Jon expressed optimism about the victories that lie ahead for many obscenity defendants.
National Journal (April 10, 2004). "Testing Porn's Protections," by Neil Munro (p. 1118). In the wake of increased numbers of federal obscenity prosecutions, the National Journal interviews partner Jon Katz about his view against obscenity prosecutions, saying: "It is much harder for a prosecutor to obtain a conviction than 10 or 15 years ago ... because people are more accustomed to sexual material." Criminal defense lawyers for obscenity cases can tell jurors: "Today we might have material you're totally offended by, but tomorrow it may be Muzak [on trial]....You don't want people telling you what you can or cannot see."
Jon Katz, P.C. and Luke Lirot File Suit that Leads to Repeal of Unconstitutional Strip Club Law (March 2004). See the articles in the Washington Post, local NBC News website, local ABC News website, and the Prince George's Gazette
Washington Legal Times (March 8, 2004). Legal Times interviews Jon Katz and other First Amendment lawyers for its cover article on the federal government's increased focus on obscenity prosecutions, after many years of leaving the task to state prosecutors. The article quotes Jon's view that prosecutors will have more difficulty now than ever before in obtaining obscenity convictions, seeing that more people today than in the past are exposed to adult entertainment, whether they want to be or not.
Aspen Daily News (December 10, 2003). Interview of partner Jon Katz concerning First Amendment barriers to a former government employee's lawsuit against a newspaper's alleged failure to honor her request to remain a confidential source. The plaintiff is former Snowmass Village, Colorado, town planner Carolyn Poissant. See article here.
Washington Legal Times (December 1, 2003). Coverage of Jon Katz, P.C.'s First Amendment victory for a prison officer who was fired for appearing nude on the Internet. Click here for article. Click here for further details.
YNOTNews (March 13, 2003). Publication of Jon Katz's article on website publishing. Websites erode many of the pre-web financial and resource barriers to delivering ideas, messages, and creativity to the public. (ADVISORY: The YNOTNews website includes explicit adult visual and written content).
Washington Legal Times (February 24, 2003). Coverage of JON KATZ, P.C.'s work for the adult entertainment industry, individual rights, and Constitutional rights.
Association of Club Executives Newsletter (January 2, 2003). Publication of Jon Katz's article on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's vindication of First Amendment rights in the Kandyland exotic nightclub case.
Associated Press (December 23, 2002). Partner Jon Katz gave legal commentary on the Kandyland exotic dancing case.
Maryland Daily Record (November 13, 2002) and Adult Video News online (November 15, 2002) (ADVISORY: The Adult Video News website includes explicit adult visual and written content). Coverage of JON KATZ, P.C.'s victory before Maryland's highest court, in fight against prosecution against an exotic cabaret.
Coverage of the re-election of partner Jon Katz as President of the Free Speech Coalition of DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as coverage of the re-election of the rest of the group's leadership: Adult Video News.com (includes a quote from partner Jon Katz) (Oct. 21, 2002) (ADVISORY: website includes explicit adult content); Washington Lawyer Magazine; Prince George's County, Maryland, Bar Association Newsletter (December 2002).
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (Aug. 12, 2002) reports here that it referred partner Jon Katz to American University student Ben Wetmore, who was wrongfully and unfairly disciplined for taping an on-campus speech by Tipper Gore. Read more about the case at Jon Katz's article here. Read UPI's account here.
Wired.com (June 27, 2002). Interview of partner Jon Katz on the House of Representatives' effort to do an end run around Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (Jan. 29, 2002) reports that it turned to partner Jon Katz -- calling him "an eminent First Amendment lawyer" -- in response to Professor Sami Al-Arian's request for assistance in fighting the University of Florida's efforts to terminate him for exercising his First Amendment-protected rights. For further information on Dr. Al-Arian's case, see the FIRE's legal analysis and news release.
Adult Video News (December 2001) Extensive article on the October 2001 East Coast Video Show, including coverage of partner Jon Katz's First Amendment law presentation entitled Everything You Wanted To Know About The First Amendment ... But Were Afraid To Ask, which was a lively discussion of First Amendment and other legal issues that impact the adult entertainment industry, organized by the Video Software Dealers Association. (ADVISORY: The Adult Video News website includes explicit adult visual and written content).
Coverage of the Free Speech Coalition chapter of DC, Maryland and Virginia's amicus participation in the Pack Shack First Amendment appeal: Maryland Daily Record (Nov. 6, 2001); Adult Video News.com (Nov. 6, 2001); and Adult Industry News (Nov. 4, 2001) (ADVISORY: AVN's and Adult Industry News's websites includes explicit adult content). JON KATZ, P.C., is on the legal team for this amicus action. Addendum: We won this case in 2003. Click here.
Coverage of the launch of the website of the Free Speech Coalition chapter of DC, Maryland and Virginia. Adult Video News.com (includes a quote from partner Jon Katz) (Oct. 12, 2001) (ADVISORY: website includes explicit adult content).
Washington Post (August 16, 2001). Article quoting partner Jon Katz about his opposition to the District of Columbia government's plan to institute a barcode identification system for youths. Click here. For more on Jon Katz's argument for students' rights, click here.
Free Speech Coalition's Free Speaker magazine. July 2001: Article covering Jon Katz's presentations on First Amendment law at the annual gatherings of the Video Software Dealers Association chapters of the Delaware Valley (May 2001) and Virginia (June 2001). Click here for overview of Jon's presentation.
Adult Video News Online (June 19, 2001) Coverage of the leadership elections of the Free Speech Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, including interview of partner Jon Katz, who was elected as the organization's President. (ADVISORY: The Adult Video News website includes explicit adult visual and written content).
Coverage of the Free Speech Coalition chapters of DC, Maryland and Virginia, including Jon Katz, P.C.'s leadership role: Maryland Daily Record (June 22, 2001), Adult Industry News (April 19, 2001), InsideAdult.com (April 18, 2001), YNOT News (April 26, 2001) (ADVISORY: InsideAdult's and YNot's websites includes adult content), and Erotica LA website.
Washingtonpost.com's Newsbytes (June 6, 2001). Article on Internet software filtering, including portion of an interview with partner Jon Katz, who opposes government-mandated Internet software filtering. Click here to read the article.
Adult Video News (June 2001). Detailed coverage on creation of Free Speech Coalition chapters of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Click here. (ADVISORY: website includes explicit adult content).
Adult Industry News (April 19, 2001). Coverage of the Free Speech Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia and Jon Katz, P.C.'s work with these FSC chapters.
InsideAdult.com (April 18, 2001). Coverage of the Free Speech Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia and Jon Katz, P.C.'s work with these FSC chapters. See the article here. (ADVISORY: Inside Adult's and AVN's website includes explicit adult visual and written content).
Adult Video News (January 2001) Partner Jon Katz's article on a federally-appointed panel exploring mechanisms for preventing minors' access to adult entertainment on the Internet. (ADVISORY: The Adult Video News website includes explicit adult visual and written content).
Free Speech Coalition's Free Speaker magazine (January 2001). Profile of partner Jon Katz as the representative, with JON KATZ, P.C., of the Free Speech Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Creative Loafing Magazine (July 2000). "Family Values, Strip Bars and the First Amendment Online." With the protection of the First Amendment, opponents of adult nightclubs betray patrons' anonymity. Includes information from interview with partner Jon Katz. See the article here.
U.S.-Japan Business News (Summer 2000 interview). Informational interview with partner Jon Katz about publication of verbal attacks by businesses on their competitors, and risks and chances for failure of retaliatory libel suits. Jon Katz weighed in against libel suits, and advocated fighting unwanted speech with competing speech and with competing business activities.
Plowshares trial coverage (March 2000). The following news organizations covered and published several articles on the Plowshares criminal jury trial, which partner Jon Katz defended with former United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Michigan attorney Anabel Dwyer:
- Associated Press
- Baltimore Sun
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- Maryland Daily Record
Archived articles on the Plowshares trial are found at the following links: CINJust Archives, Common Dreams Newswire, Corpus.org, Grassroots Online, Greenmac.com, Nonviolence.org, and Prop1/NucNews.
ON THE PODIUM FOR FREE EXPRESSION
Burton Wechsler National First Amendment Moot Court Competition February 23, 2002, District of Columbia Superior Court, Washington, DC. Partner Jon Katz served with a team of judges in a moot court Supreme Court oral argument concerning the limits of First Amendment protection of commercial speech involving alleged libel against a competing company. Jon directed very pointed questions to the two competing law school moot court teams, who were handed a tough controversy to argue. Jon has also served as a judge at moot court appellate competitions at the George Washington University and the University of Maryland, as well at a jury trial moot court at the Trial Lawyer's College. Moot court judging serves future advocates while sharpening the moot court judge's own advocacy skills.
East Coast Video Show October 10, 2001, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ. Partner Jon Katz presented Everything You Wanted To Know About The First Amendment ... But Were Afraid To Ask. A lively discussion of First Amendment and other legal issues that impact the adult entertainment industry. Organized by the Video Software Dealers Association.
Video Software Dealers Association - Virginia Chapter. June 6, 2001. Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Video Software Dealers Association - Delaware Valley Chapter. May 30, 2001. Newark, DE. Partner Jon Katz led a question and answer session about the legal climate affecting retailers who sell and rent out adult entertainment products. Click here to read the overview of Jon's discussion.
The Thornburgh Committee. Partner Jon Katz spoke in October 2000 against government censorship on a panel addressing the nation's obscenity laws. He appeared on behalf of the Free Speech Coalition at the conference on Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids from Pornography. See Jon Katz's article here. JON KATZ, P.C., is zealously committed to protecting and expanding the free expression rights and creative rights of all individuals, organizations, businesses, and the press.
Index on Censorship
Jon Katz, P.C. in the News
The Adult Webmaster
Adult Chamber of Commerce - Their promotion says:
"Home of the Webmaster of the Year Contest,
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JON KATZ, P.C. - ADVOCATING FORFIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
JON KATZ, P.C., fights passionately for First Amendment rights. The First Amendment looks beautiful on the printed page, but too many government forces and judges want to give more lip service than life to the First Amendment, JON KATZ, P.C., steps forward again and again to argue to courts and government agencies to protect all our clients' First Amendment rights. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education recognizes partner Jon Katz as "an eminent First Amendment lawyer." We stand ready to defend everyone's First Amendment rights, regardless of how controversial the expression or the client.
FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE IS WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT:
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JON KATZ, P.C., Attorney at Law, 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 703
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland 20910
(301) 495-7755/FAX (301) 585-7733
VIRGINIA BRANCH OFFICE: Jon Katz, P.C., 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 600, Tysons Corner/ McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia 22102, (703) 917-6626.
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JONATHAN L. KATZ (Admitted in MD/DC/VAstate and federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court) Se habla español. On parle français.
IN A LEGAL BIND MAY FEEL DAUNTING; DEALING WITH YOUR LAWYER SHOULD NOT BE.
Fighting for criminal defendants and the Constitution is a calling that Jon Katz relishes. Jon does it not as the most lucrative way to earn a lawyer's living, but because he believes strongly in this path and loves the work and the interaction with his clients.
Our clients are what we are all about. Therefore, we work tirelessly to deliver them the best service we can, using all our experience, skill, caring, and resources to help our clients win. We do our best to help our clients go on with their lives as we work on their behalf. We welcome our clients' ideas, inquiries and teamwork. We work with our clients as a united front against our opponents, and are happy for our opponents to know that we are prepared for battle and fearless to go to battle. We know that honey catches more flies than sandpaper, but also know that nothing beats being fully armed to battle for justice for our clients.
JON KATZ, P.C., Attorney at Law
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