USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel Quoted in Article on Government Employees' Free Speech Rights

San Francisco (January 26, 2017) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Orly Lobel was quoted in an aritlce on salon.com that reported on government employees' free speech rights and the practice of using nondisclosure agreements. 

In the article, Lobel says that federal employees cannot be forced to sign nondiscosure agreements. That said, the government does enjoy some rights to silence employees.

"They're civil servants and they're bound by the rules of keeping confidential information and not exposing government secrets to the public, but that is all balance by the right to speech," Lobel said. 

Read the full article here. 

About Professor Orly Lobel

An internationally acclaimed expert in the law and economics of human capital, Orly Lobel is the Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law at the University of San Diego and founding faculty member of the Center for Intellectual Property and Markets. She teaches and writes in the areas of employment law, intellectual property law, regulatory and administrative law, torts, behavioral economics, health policy, consumer law and trade secrets. Her current research focuses on innovation policy and intellectual property. Lobel’s latest book is Talent Wants to be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free-Riding.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law Orly Lobel

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