Akron Repeals Panhandling Law

On Monday night, the Akron City Council voted unanimously to repeal its anti-panhandling ordinance.  The law had been challenged in federal court on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment right to free speech by unconstitutionally limiting requests for help by the visibly poor.  The litigation was brought on behalf of 3 homeless clients by Professors Joseph Mead and Doron Kalir, law students Katie Weber and Emily Mikes who were enrolled in the Cleveland-Marshall Civil Litigation Clinic, in cooperation with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

1 thought on “Akron Repeals Panhandling Law

  1. Congratulations Joe & Doron! And also Katie and Emily!

    Heard this on the radio this morning, this is a substantial victory!

    ______________________________________ Christopher L. Sagers James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law Cleveland State University 2121 Euclid Ave., LB 138 Cleveland, OH 44115 (216) 687-2319 Visit my pages on SSRN and the Huffington Post



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