On April 18, 2017, Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute was scheduled to speak about Alt-Right philosophy at Auburn University at a lecture hall that had been rented by one of his supporters. The university administrators, however, attempted to cancel the event and made it clear that Spencer and the Alt-Right were not welcome on campus.
With the help of Attorney Kyle Bristow--the executive director of the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc.--, Attorney Sam Dickson tirelessly worked to draft a civil rights lawsuit and an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order. The lawsuit was driven by a courier from Atlanta, Georgia, to the federal courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama, during the wee hours of the morning of April 18--which is ironically the city in which the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center is headquartered.
The lawsuit and emergency motion were filed upon the courthouse opening for business, and the emergency hearing occurred at 1 p.m.--just hours before Spencer's speech was scheduled to take place.
By Order of Judge W. Keith Watkins, Auburn University was required to permit Spencer's event to run as had previously been planned.
Although the injunctive order was granted and Spencer's event occurred, the lawsuit is not over: Auburn University is still on the hook for money damages.
Below are copies of the complaint and the Court's Order. Noteworthy in the Court's Order is that the judge noted that "Antifa" was expected to disrupt the event and suggested that law enforcement officers could prohibit them from wearing masks.
Additionally noteworthy is that the federal judge ordered the university's police department to "provide security for Mr. Spencer[.]" It's the Current Year, and just like how the federal government federalized the Alabama National Guard yesteryear to protect civil rights, the federal government federalized the Auburn University Police Department to command them to protect Spencer's rights.
The SPLC previously complained on their website that Attorney Kyle Bristow and "his new think tank, the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas" are "preparing to go to war." They are right: this legal victory is but one of many to come.