Judicial Opinions

The food sharing cases include over a dozen judicial opinions, some reported and others unreported, in both state and federal courts, as well as some controversies that transpire only within the court of public opinion

Though perhaps marginal to mainstream legal scholarship, collectively the food-sharing cases show how some courts, including two circuits of the U.S. Courts of Appeal, have applied First Amendment jurisprudence, and related statutory rights, to protect those who hunger, as well as those who organized themselves and peaceably assemble to publicly share food. Some courts, however, have interpreted First Amendment Free Speech doctrines—particularly “expressive conduct” and “reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner” of speech—to deny constitutional protection to those who food-sharing activists.

Over the coming months, foodsharinglaw.net will archive and comment on these judicial opinions.