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First Amendment Convocation

A distinguished U.S. Air Force veteran who is now a federal attorney delivered the keynote address at the West Virginia State University (WVSU) College of Business and Social Sciences Spring Convocation on Monday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. in the Davis Fine Arts Theatre.

Justin Golart spoke on “The First Amendment: Indecent, Commercial and Corporate Speech.” The event was free and open to the public.

“Justin discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s journey in ascertaining a legal and constitutional definition of First Amendment rights engendered from the freedom of speech, expression, and assembly clauses,” said Damien Arthur, assistant professor of political science. “Gaining an understanding of how the Court has examined its definition of the First Amendment enlightens students to an issue that affects their daily lives.”

A graduate of the George Washington University Law School, Golart currently works as an Honors Attorney in the United States Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Golart began the practice of law following a successful career in the U.S. Air Force, where he was the executive officer for the 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey from 2005 through 2006. 

Golart graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School. While in law school, Golart earned internships with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and with the Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit in Fort Myers, FL.

Golart also authored the article “Corporate Tax Incentives and the Equal Protection Clause,” which was published in 2012.

In addition to his law degree, Golart has a master’s degree in public administration from WVU and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mr. Golart's Presentation can be found here.

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