Identity of Speakers
Courtney Lawton was a graduate student and English instructor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Rally or protest
Incident Political Orientation:
In litigation Federal District Court
- Did not involve Speech Codes
In 2017, Courtney Lawton protested against the conservative student group Turning Point USA in a designated “free speech zone” near the university’s student union. Lawton’s lawsuit, which she filed in the District Court for the District of Nebraska in August 2021, alleges that the university’s president criticized Lawton’s action on Twitter and that, under pressure from state politicians, the university fired her from her instructor position in September, 2017 without an adjudication process. Lawton argues that she was permanently banned from teaching for the rest of her time as a graduate student, and that this constituted unconstitutional retaliation for exercising her First Amendment rights.