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The First Amendment cases that could reshape the U.S., from gay rights to voting to abortion

Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky is to constitutional law as Mick Jagger is to rock and roll. So towering is his reputation that, when tasked by a judge with making contact with him, I was shocked to find that Dean Chemerinsky answers his own phone, at least sometimes.

In typical Chemerinsky fashion, he’s surveyed a series of cases for the American Bar Association’s journal—including several that appear unrelated at first—to sketch out the stakes for First Amendment jurisprudence at the Supreme Court this term. A slightly more accessible take on this quintet of challenges—no law degree needed—follows.