The Slants Case from the Inside: The First Amendment & “Disparaging” Trademarks

Loyola Entertainment & Media Law Institute, Entertainment & Sports Law Society and Entertainment Law Review present

The Slants Case from the Inside:  The First Amendment & “Disparaging” Trademarks

The Supreme Court decided Matal v. Tam in June, 2017, striking down a long-standing provision of federal trademark law prohibiting potentially disparaging trademarks as a violation of freedom of speech.  The implications of the decision continue to rattle the trademark world.  Join us for a very special program, featuring Simon Tam, founder and bassist for The Slants and named party in that important case, Loyola’s Professor Jennifer Rothman, trademark law and freedom of speech expert, and additional experts.  Mr. Tam will give a presentation giving his inside view of racism, the legal struggles that ensued from the band’s choice of name, and the twists and turns that led to this important decision.  Prof. Rothman and our other panelists will engage in a discussion with Mr.Tam, explain some of the nuances of the case, and discuss and debate the implications of the decision going forward on other potentially disparaging trademarks.  Members of The Slants will perform examples of their music “unplugged.”


Aaron Caplan, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Priscilla Ocen, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Simon Tam, Singer, The Slants
Jay Dougherty, Director, Loyola Entertainment & Media Law Institute and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

With a special acoustic musical performance by The Slants


Thank you to our Sponsor Tucker Ellis LLP


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Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Robinson Courtroom
919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Event Type

Student Event, Alumni


Early Bird Rate: $40

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