At the time of the writing of this article, we are still waiting from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on their decision as to the rehearing en banc that was filed in the Daytona Grand case. Hopefully, by the time that you read this article, the Rehearing En Banc will have been granted and there will smiles on many people’s faces. If the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals declines to hear the case again en banc, it looks like we will take the Daytona Grand case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
For those of you who have this article for years, there is a similar pattern. Our August article usually involves our travels, as August seems to always be our traveling month. At the beginning of August, Daniel Aaronson and James Benjamin traveled to Chicago, Illinois for the Summer First Amendment Lawyers Association Meeting. As always, the meetings were informative, spirited and valuable. It is always good to be in room full of other people who do what you do for a living, who share the same zeal for the subject and are fighting the same fights that you are fighting.
In fact, I think we speak for the entire organization when we say that meetings like the one in Chicago energize us to continue the battles that we are up against. Further, meetings such as the one in Chicago, help all of us find out what is going on in other parts of the country, what new battles may come our way in this part of the country, and it gives us a leg up on how to defend the new fights.
As usual, in the end of August there is the Gentlemen’s Club Expo out in Las Vegas, Nevada. James Benjamin on behalf of Benjamin & Aaronson will attend that convention. As of right now, he is expected to be one of the panelists for the symposium dealing with updates with the law involving adult entertainment.
In addition to his speaking at the convention, Mr. Benjamin will also attend the “ACE” Association of Club Executives’ Summer Meeting. This meeting combines the Board of Directors of ACE with several First Amendment attorneys from around the country who are legal advisors to ACE. To put it in a nutshell, the purpose of ACE is to unify our industry, to organize ourselves together, and to help stem the tide of political forces against us, both on State and national levels. Of course, if you have to go to a convention, Las Vegas is not a bad place to go.
As always, should you have any news that you believe others in the First Amendment arena or the adult entertainment industry would find valuable, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to pass on that information through this article to others. In the meantime, we will continue and hopefully you will continue to keep on fighting the good fight.