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'Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court'

Monday, 07 October, 2019

Asian-American rock star Simon Tam, founder and bass player of The Slants, will join SLU LAW for a conversation on Oct. 7. His keynote talk and Q&A will be held at noon in the John K. Pruellage Courtroom; this event counts toward the intellectual property concentration professional activities requirement. Lunch will be served.

The talk will be followed by a 1 p.m. book-signing and 3 p.m. coffee and cookies with the author in the Vincent C. Immel Law Library.

After the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the band's attempt to register its name on the grounds that it was disparaging to Asians, Tam began a years-long legal battle that ended with a unanimous Supreme Court ruling that the disparagement bar violates the First Amendment's free speech clause. The win for Tam also put an end to the long-standing dispute over the Washington Redskins trademark, which could no longer be challenged on the ground that it disparages Native Americans.

Come hear Tam talk about his experience with racism, his life as a musician, and the epic legal battle over his band's name.

This talk is sponsored by SLU LAW's AALSA, ACS, FedSoc, SELA, SIPLA, Office of Inclusion and Diversity Education and Vincent C. Immel Law Library.


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