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Jen Nessel, Center for Constitutional Rights, (212) 614-6449,

D.C. Court Asked to Dismiss SLAPP Lawsuit Against Academic Boycott of Israel

Defense Counsel Argue That Suit Is Meritless Attempt to Silence Public Advocacy


Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., the Superior Court in Washington, D.C. will hear arguments by attorneys representing the American Studies Association (ASA) and nine individuals who were sued after the ASA passed a resolution to endorse the call by Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The Center for Constitutional Rights and other defense counsel will be arguing that the lawsuit should be dismissed for several reasons, including that it violates D.C.'s Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) Act, which provides for dismissal of claims that target advocacy on issues of public interest. The Center for Constitutional Rights represents Dr. Steven Salaita, one of the nine individual defendants, as part of our work supporting activists, academics, and organizations facing legal attacks for their advocacy on behalf of Palestinian rights.

WHAT: Court hearing on request for dismissal of lawsuit against American Studies Association (ASA) and nine individuals for passage of a resolution to endorse boycott of Israeli academic institutions

WHO: Maria LaHood, representing Dr. Steven Salaita

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: D.C. Superior Court, Courtroom 201, 500 Indiana Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

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