I’m delighted to announce that Ron Collins will be posting here on a regular basis. Ron is the Harold S. Shefelman scholar at the University of Washington Law School and a senior fellow at the Newseum’s First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. He was a Supreme Court Fellow in 1982-83 under Chief Justice Warren Burger and a law clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde. He is the book editor at SCOTUSblog.
Collins is the author, co-author, or editor of several books including: When Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Case, Campaign Financing Laws, and The First Amendment (e-book, Spring, 2014) On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (Cambridge, 2013) Mania: The Story of the Outraged & Outrageous Lives that Launched a Cultural Revolution (Top-Five Books, 2013) Nuance Absolutism: Floyd Abrams & the First Amendment (Carolina Academic Press, 2013) We Must not be Afraid to be Free (Oxford, 2011) The Fundamental Holmes (Cambridge, 2010) The Trials of Lenny Bruce (Sourcebooks, 2002, 2012) and Constitutional Government in America (Carolina Academic Press, 1980). He has authored over 60 scholarly articles including publications in Harvard Law Review Stanford Law Review Supreme Court Review Michigan Law Review Texas Law Review Duke Law Journal and the Southern California Law Review. He has also authored over 250 articles in the popular press including articles in the New York Times Washington Post Los Angeles Times and The Nation.
In 2003, Collins and others successfully petitioned the governor of New York to posthumously pardon Lenny Bruce. In 2010, Collins was a fellow in residence at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 2011 he received the Supreme Court Fellow’s Administration of Justice award “in recognition of his scholarly and professional achievements in advancing the rule of law.” And in 2012, the American Society of Legal Writers awarded him a Scribes Book Award (bronze) for We Must not be Afraid to be Free.
His areas of interest are First Amendment law, constitutional law, legal history, and jurisprudence.