Resource: Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez (2001)

By: Helen J. Knowles

The First Amendment Encyclopedia

The Supreme Court established limits on the government speech doctrine in Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez, 531 U.S. 533 (2001).

The Court ruled that a provision — the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996 — violated the First Amendment’s free speech clause because it was a viewpoint-based regulation of private speech, it interfered with the traditional role of lawyers, and it restricted the access of indigent persons to the resources of the legal system.