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Wen Fa on Kotler v. Webb: A Federalist Society Conversation on the Intersection of Personalized License Plates & Free Speech

Sep 12, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Wen Fa (Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation)

Mr. Fa will be speaking about his upcoming case of Kotler v. Webb, which involves USC's own First Amendment professor Jon Kotler and his suit against the California Department of Motor Vehicles for denying his personalized license plate application. Prof. Kotler requested the custom plate "COYW," an initialism for the "Come On You Whites" slogan of his favorite soccer team, London's Fulham Football Club, based on the color of their white jerseys.

The DMV rejected Kotler's application, claiming that the slogan could subjectively be interpreted as hostile, insulting, or racially degrading. Mr. Fa and the Pacific Legal Foundation are prosecuting Prof. Kotler's case in federal court to enjoin what they view as a government encroachment upon a form of public display of free speech rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.

Lunch will be provided. Please see the following link for more information on the case, the PLF, and Messrs. Fa & Kotler: https://pacificlegal.org/case/kotler-v-webb/

Event Contacts:

Landon Dial, '20 - Federalist Society, USC Chapter President: landon.dial.2020@lawmail.usc.edu, (209) 480-0382

Zachary Jones, '21 - Federalist Society, USC Chapter Events Chair: zachary.jones.2021@lawmail.usc.edu, (714) 566-5943

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