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Louis Sirkin

AKA H. Louis Sirkin

Born: 19-Apr-1940
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Attorney

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First Amendment defense attorney

Crusader for the First Amendment. First prominent victory was defending the director of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, charged with obscenity after exhibiting photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. Successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996 in Free Speech Coalition v. Ashcroft (2002), concerning an over-broad definition of child pornography where "such visual depiction is, or appears to be, of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct". Defended Larry Flynt, whose company was attempting to open a sex shop in Ohio. Defended extreme pornographer Max Hardcore, who was tried and convicted of transporting obscene materials in a Florida court.

    University: AB, University of Cincinnati (1962)
    Law School: JD, University of Cincinnati (1965)

    Sirkin Pinales & Schwartz LLP Partner
    First Amendment Lawyers Association Chairman (1994-95)
    Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President
    American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
    Ohio State Bar Association 1965
    US Supreme Court Bar 2001

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