Discovering Justice Events

  • Student Panel: Unpopular Speech in Schools

Student Panel: Unpopular Speech in Schools

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Virtual 

Moderated by Discovering Justice’s Courthouse Programs Manager, Henry Schunk, this virtual event is an opportunity for students to learn more about their rights to free speech. The discussion will focus on the issue of “unpopular speech” and its place, or lack thereof, in schools—recently, guest speaker events at MIT and the Middlesex School in Concord, MA have been cancelled because of the speaker’s political views. This topical event complements Discovering Justice’s fall Mock Trial Program, in which students are learning about and debating these same precedents and arguments in their case, which is centered around unpopular speech in a Massachusetts middle school.


Mary Beth Tinker | The plaintiff in Tinker v. Des Moines, a landmark Supreme Court case that helped define student rights in schools.

Kevin Dua | A teacher from Massachusetts encouraging student advocacy to affect social and racial justice change.

Mike Hiestand | Senior Legal Counsel at the Student Press Law Center, an organization focused on preserving student rights in schools under the First Amendment.

Kayla Nordman

Kayla Nordman believes strongly in expanding access to comprehensive civic education to provide the next generation with the resources they need to uphold and expand upon the values of American democracy and create a more equitable future. Before joining Discovering Justice, she worked as a Legislative Intern at the Massachusetts State House and as a Program Manager for the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. Kayla graduated from Suffolk University with a BA in International Relations.