USSC to Distribute Reed v. Gilbert Report at APA Convention

The United State Sign Council (USSC) has announced that it will be releasing a comprehensive report on the Reed v. Gilbert SCOTUS decision at the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference, which will be held May 6-9 in New York City.

The research team is headed by Steven Brody of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP (New York NY). He is the author of a treatise titled Advertising and Commercial Speech: A First Amendment Guide, which is updated annually.

USSC states, "Steve is an established authority on constitutional issues, including First Amendment and Commerce Clause matters, as well as advertising cases. He will provide a report that delineates the true meaning of the Reed case, and can give sign companies and sign applicants a road map as to how to use the Reed case and make the winning legal arguments."

For additional information, please contact Rick Crawford at the USSC; (215)345-1481 or

USSC has also released more details about its presentation at the APA conference: "A Guide to National Sign Illumination Standards, which will introduce national sign-illumination standards, based on research conducted at the Larson Transportation Institute at Pennsylvania State University.

USSC states, "The Guideline Standards will be a comprehensive document covering a wide variety of sign lighting topics, including scientifically verifiable sign-illumination standards and how they impact both aesthetics and traffic safety, a legal framework for "time, place, and manner" sign-illumination regulation post-Reed vs. Town of Gilbert, as well as key factors that local communities should be aware of when implementing sign-illumination restrictions."

USSC will be coordinating the presentation, all based on USSC research. Speakers will include:

Philip Garvey, Senior Researcher, Penn State, State College PA

Professor Alan Weinstein, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland OH

Dr. Donald Poland, AICP, Goman+York, Hartford CT

Richard Crawford, Esquire, United States Sign Council, Bristol PA