In 2015, Ocean City, Maryland implemented a set of regulations to tightly control its boardwalk performers – magicians, balloon artists, puppeteers, spray paint artists, and others. A group of performers brought suit in federal court on their own to challenge the regulations as contrary to the First Amendment. After some initial proceedings, the group was put in touch with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA). The President of the MdVLA is David Wright. Its Executive Director is Adam Holofcener.
David and Adam saw merit to the performers’ claims and arranged to represent them. They prepared and filed an appropriate complaint alleging that the regulations violate the First Amendment as undue restrictions on free speech. The case is now proceeding before Judge William M. Nickerson.
On June 8, 2017, the Baltimore Sun ran an article about the case. The article quotes David and Adam, and tells the story of sketch artist Mike Moeller who is one of the performers involved in the suit.
The article can be found at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/eastern-shore/bs-md-oc-boardwalk-lawsuit-20170606-story.html
Summary judgment papers in the case are due to be filed at the end of the summer.
David Wright is a principal in the firm. He litigates on behalf of unions and their members in matters before Maryland’s courts, the National Labor Relations Board, administrative agencies, and in the federal courts. Mr. Wright also counsels unions with regard to negotiations, legislative matters, and compliance issues. Mr. Wright also represents individuals in employment disputes such as wage payment actions, claims for overtime, and actions to enforce statutory rights