FAN 94 (First Amendment News) Brooklyn Law School to Host Symposium: “Free Speech Under Fire — The Future of the First Amendment”
It may well be the First Amendment conference of the year. On Friday, February 26th, the Brooklyn Law School will host an all-day symposium titled “Free Speech Under Fire: The Future of the First Amendment.” Twenty noted First Amendment persona — lawyers, professors, activists and others — are slated to participate in the upcoming program.
Description: For free speech, it may be the best of times, yet the worst of times. The Roberts Supreme Court may be the most speech-protective Court in a generation, extending free speech protection on a number of fronts and rebuffing claims by government and its allies to limit such protections. Yet these free speech rulings have drawn fire from critics, on and off the Court, who contend that the decisions are inconsistent with the democratic and egalitarian purposes of the First Amendment. Meanwhile, at home and abroad, censorship and suppression of speech seems more the rule than the exception. The Symposium will bring together many of the nation’s leading First Amendment advocates and scholars to address these pressing issues as they play out in the areas of hate speech, money and speech, corporate and commercial speech, and surveillance and speech.
- Floyd Abrams, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
- Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- Sahar F. Aziz, Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
- Miriam H. Baer, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Robert Corn-Revere, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
- Joel M. Gora, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, UC Irvine School of Law
- Susan N. Herman, Centennial Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; President, ACLU
- Jamil N. Jaffer, Adjunct Professor and Director, Homeland and National Security Law Program, George Mason University School of Law
- Beryl Jones-Woodin, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
- Hon. Andrew P. Napolitano, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News
- Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties, NYU School of Law
- Tamara R. Piety, Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law
- K. Sabeel Rahman, Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Stephen R. Shapiro, National Legal Director, ACLU
- Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School
- Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Nelson W. Tebbe, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, NYU School of Law
→ RSVP by Wednesday, February 24: www.brooklaw.edu/freespeech-symposium
→ Sponsored by the Journal of Law and Policy
More from Brooklyn Law — Upcoming Conference on Buckley v. Valeo
On Tuesday, January 26th, the Brooklyn Law School will host an event titled “A Landmark Decision Turns 40: A Conversation on Buckley v. Valeo.” The event will take place at the Subtonic Center (10th floor), 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn and is scheduled for 12:30-1:45.
Description: January 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the Court’s first major ruling on the clash between campaign finance regulations and First Amendment rights. For the last 40 years, the Court’s decision has provided the constitutional framework for the law governing the financing of our politics and the doctrinal platform for the more recent Citizens United case. Both rulings have been harshly criticized as well as staunchly defended over the years.
- Nicholas W. Allard, President, Joseph Crea Dean, and Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- James L. Buckley (age 92), former conservative U.S. Senator from New York and later a U.S. Circuit Court Judge, who was the lead plaintiff
- Ira Glasser, the long-time Executive Director of the liberal American Civil Liberties Union, who played a key role in organizing the lawsuit’s “strange bedfellows” coalition
- Professor Joel M. Gora, one of the attorneys who argued the case in the Supreme Court
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