Media

First Amendment:

Clay’s Planned Adult Entertainment Ordinances Successful Elsewhere

“We are not regulating speech, we are regulating the secondary effects of speech.” 

Times Union Article – April 12, 2014

Government Litigation Strategy after Daytona Grand: Renton Undone?

“In 20 years of doing successful battle with the adult entertainment industry, this writer
never thought that the industry would be able to breach the judicial construct for analyzing the evidentiary burden to support adult entertainment regulation which was established and ensconced in the law in the ground breaking case of Renton v. Playtime Theaters.” 

FMAA  2006

Panhandling:

How can Melbourne silence beggars?

“There are a lot of misconceptions about the First Amendment. One of them is that people can use it as a shield for actions that are societally unacceptable and dangerous. That’s what we’re talking about here.”

Matt Reed Show

“Sidewalks in this Country have been used to disseminate ideas sometimes comfortable…sometimes not comfortable”

Opioid Litigation:

NBC-WESH2: City of Palm Bay takes on Big Pharma

Florida Today: Palm Bay to file opioid lawsuit against Big Pharma

Hometown News: Palm Bay takes on ‘Big Pharma’ in state court

Publications:

Brevard Bar Journal – October 2002

The Origination and Early Development of Free Speech in the United States – A Brief Overview

Corruption Tax Bill:

Matt Reed Show – September 23, 2015

Pass our Bill: Cut Florida’s “Corruption Tax”  September 23, 2015 

Michael Kahn, is a litigator and member of FLORIDA TODAY’s editorial advisory board who has experience writing legislation and lobbying. Kahn drafted the model bill, pro bono.

Journalism of Action  October 19, 2015

Crusading journalism has a storied legacy throughout the history of our great country.

‘Strongest bill’ to attack corruption wins at grassroots  February 7, 2016

This bill happened because Matt Reed, our public affairs editor, identified a problem and addressed it. Reed worked with Melbourne attorney Michael Kahn, who – pro bono – drafted a model bill based on recommendations by the statewide grand jury, with feedback and support from prosecutors, including Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Phil Archer.

Gabordi: Inside scoop on our corruption bill  March 14, 2016

This bill happened because Matt Reed, our public affairs editor, identified a problem and addressed it. Reed worked with Melbourne attorney Michael Kahn, who – pro bono – drafted a model bill based on recommendations by the statewide grand jury, with feedback and support from prosecutors, including Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Phil Archer.

Florida Today Editorial Advisory Board:

Supreme Court or Supreme Ruler?   August 21, 2015

I wonder if Alexander Hamilton were alive today whether he would still adhere to his belief as stated in Federalist 78 in the “feebleness” of the judiciary and that the Supreme Court has “neither Force nor Will, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.”

How the Rule of Law Keeps Us Free   September 20, 2015

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in an 1802 letter to religious leaders: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”

Salute Vets Who Carried on the “unfinished work”   November 11, 2015

On D-Day, there were 10,000 allied casualties in a battle that took place more than 3,000 miles from the American soldiers’ homes. Those who survived the landing continued to fight to help free Europe from the crushing grip of the Nazis. The brave young Americans buried at Normandy have consecrated that hallowed ground far beyond our powers to add or detract from that honor. If they had not given their lives on those far away beaches to stem the tide of the Nazis, then our own freedom would have been imperiled.

Give Thanks for Life, and Gain Hope   November 25, 2015

Charles Dickens once exhorted mankind to “reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Giving Back – Community:

Brevard Bar Foundation – Giving Back

“We want more of the county to know of our work so they can partake of donations by submitting requests,”

 

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