Professor Chapin Cimino was a presenter at the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law Symposium on Jan. 25.
The symposium focused on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, a landmark ruling that defined the First Amendment rights of students in public schools.
Cimino is presenting on a panel that explored “Tinker, its Progeny, and its Modern-Day Applications,” joining David L. Hudson of the Freedom Forum Institute and Mary Catherine Roper of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.
As a scholar, Cimino takes an interdisciplinary approach that explores virtue and sincerity in the application of the First Amendment and anti-discrimination law and challenges traditional assumptions about the utilitarian goals of contract law, viewing it through the lens of Aristotle’s virtue theory and Adam Smith’s theory of moral sentiments. Her recent scholarship includes “Freeing Speech and the First Amendment Value of Promoting Public Discussion,” exploring a reporter’s effort to obtain public records under the state right to know law in Pennsylvania before the 2016 Democratic National Convention, appearing in the Thurgood Marshall Law Review.
Cimino is a director on the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board.