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Talk of the Town: The Supreme Court Rulings on First Amendment Rights & Student Loans

Our panel weighs in on the recent SCOTUS rulings and the impact these decisions could have on Americans.


People demonstrate outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 30, 2023, in Washington. A sharply divided Supreme Court has ruled that the Biden administration overstepped its authority in trying to cancel or reduce student loan debts for millions of Americans. Conservative justices were in the majority in Friday’s 6-3 decision that effectively killed the $400 billion plan that President Joe Biden announced last year.


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In the last two days, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down several landmark rulings that could have major implications on the lives of Americans. Today, this included rulings related to the First Amendment and gay rights as well as student loans.

First, Charles "Rocky" Rhodes joined us to share insight on the recent rulings, particularly with the Supreme Court's decision to rule in favor of a web designer who refused services to same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Then, we brought in our "Talk of the Town" panelists for a broader perspective on these recent decisions. The panel, including Dietrich von Biedenfeld, J.D., Assistant Professor in Business Law, writer and activist Tony Diaz, and actor Joel Sandel, discusses their thoughts on what repercussions we may see in the future.



Charles "Rocky" Rhodes

  • Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston

Dietrich von Biedenfeld, J.D.

  • Assistant Professor in Business Law, Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston Downtown
  • Former Associate Municipal Judge
  • Member of the Supreme Court Bar

Tony Diaz

  • Writer
  • El Librotraficante
  • Director of Nuestra Palabra, Latino Writers Having Their Say

Joel Sandel

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