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Activism and the Rule of Law (NW Lawyer)

In his article, Activism and the Rule of Law, for the April/May edition of NW Lawyer, Patrick J. Preston, McKay Chadwell member, discusses the complex relationship between activism and the rule of law from several different perspectives.

“Washington has a long history of activists facing off with the rule of law. The free speech protections conferred by our state constitution are broader than the First Amendment. But the exercise of such rights may become theoretical when criminal statues are strictly enforced and restrictions are threatened against the populace by governmental action.”

“[A] balance may be struck with the rule of law that respects individual rights, promotes the exchange of ideas necessary for democracy, and provides the framework for a stable social order.”

Read the complete April/May edition of the NW Lawyer here.

Source: Patrick J. Preston for NW Lawyer, April/May 2017 Edition.