MARCIA M. WALDRON CLERK
OFFICE OF THE CLERK
21400 UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE 601 MARKET STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-1790
July 30, 2014 Suman Chakraborty, Esq. Amy Whelan, Esq. Kristy K. Marino, Esq. Ronald D. Coleman, Esq. Christopher F. Stoll, Esq. Mary E. McAlister, Esq. Curtis C. Cutting, Esq. Mathew D. Staver, Esq. Robert T. Lougy, Esq. Jonathan C. Dalton, Esq. Anita L. Staver, Esq. Shannon P. Minter, Esq. David S. Flugman, Esq. Susan M. Scott, Esq. Lisa A. Linsky, Esq. Emily B. Goldberg, Esq. Daniel J. Schmid, Esq. Eric S. Pasternack, Esq. Hayley J. Gorenberg, Esq. Sanford J. Rosen, Esq. Tanya E. Kalivas, Esq. Frank M. Holozubiec, Esq. Eileen R. Ridley, Esq. RE: Tara King, et al v. Governor of New Jersey, et al Case Number: 13-4429 District Case Number: 13-cv-05038 Dear Counsel: The Court requests supplemental briefing on the following issue: What role does the doctrine of "professional speech" play in this case? If A3371 regulates "speech" and not merely "conduct," how much protection does this "speech" receive under the First Amendment? Are Plaintiffs' free speech rights diminished when they are speaking as licensed professionals in the course of treating clients?
See, e.g., Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Penn. v. Casey
, 505 U.S. 833, 884 (1992) ("To be sure, the physician's First Amendment rights not to speak are implicated, but only as a part of the practice of medicine subject to reasonable licensing and regulation by the State.") (internal citations omitted);
Lowe v. S.E.C.
, 472 U.S. 181, 228-33 (1985) (White, J., concurring in the judgment);
Wollschlaeger v. Florida
, 2014 WL 3695296 at *13-20 (11th Cir. July 25, 2014);
at *29-46 (Wilson, J., dissenting). To be clear, we are not interested in any further briefing on the question of whether SOCE counseling is "speech" or "conduct" for purposes of the First Amendment; we are interested only in the question of whether
SOCE counseling is "speech" is it "professional speech" subject to lesser First Amendment protection?
Case: 13-4429 Document: 003111694096 Page: 1 Date Filed: 07/30/2014