Professor Douglas McKechnie recently presented his latest article at the Central States Law Schools Association 2012 Scholarship Conference at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The annual Central States Law Schools Association conference is a forum for legal scholars to present their work in an effort to foster scholarly exchanges among law faculty across legal disciplines.
Professor McKechnie's article is titled Facebook is Off-Limits? Criminalizing Bidirectional Communication via the Internet is Prior Restraint 2.0. The article explores state statutes that ban communication via certain Internet platforms such as peer-to-peer networks and social networking sites. His article suggests that such bans act as a prior restraint on speech and are thus unconstitutional. Professor McKechnie's article is forthcoming in the Indiana Law Review. Melanie Ghaw, a 3L at the Appalachian School of Law, worked on the article with Professor McKechnie as his research assistant.