Category: Conferences


FAN 181 (First Amendment News) Tomorrow: Argument in S. Dist. N.Y. Ct. — Lawsuit Challenging President’s Blocking of Critics on Twitter

President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important public forum for speech by, to, and about the President. In an effort to suppress dissent in this forum, Defendants have excluded—“blocked”—Twitter users who have criticized the President or his policies. This practice is unconstitutional, and this suit seeks to end it.

— Complaint: Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump

This from the Knight First Amendment Institute: Tomorrow, March 8 at 11 a.m., “the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the U.S. Department of Justice will present oral argument in the Knight Institute’s landmark First Amendment challenge to President Trump’s blocking of critics on Twitter. The argument, which is open to the public, will be held before the Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in New York City.”

“Last July, the Knight Institute filed suit in the Southern District of New York contending that the @realDonaldTrump account is a “public forum” under the First Amendment and that the president and his subordinates are violating the Constitution by blocking people from the account simply because they have criticized the president or his policies. The suit also contends that the Trump administration is violating the plaintiffs’ First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances.”

Katie Fallow

“The Institute and the Trump administration filed motions for summary judgment in the lawsuit last fall, and this Thursday, Judge Buchwald will hear argument from both parties.”

Counsel for Knight Institute: Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, and Katie Fallow, a senior staff attorney at the Institute, will argue before the court, and several plaintiffs in the lawsuit will be in attendance.

For more information about the lawsuit, including the latest filings, go here.

Related: This from First Amendment Watch: President Trump, Other Elected Officials Block ‘Disliked’ Twitter Followers, March 3, 2018

Headline: “Haling The First Amendment: NYC Taxi Authority’s Ad Ban Struck Down”

Over at Forbes, Glenn Lammi writes: Taxicab, livery, black car, and limousine companies in the Big Apple may own the vehicles their employees drive, but they know full well who really controls them: the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). Passenger transportation is one of the city’s most heavily regulated businesses, but as a federal district court judge recently reminded TLC, those small business still have constitutional rights.”

“. . . In 2015, media-distribution company Vugo sought to partner with Uber, Lift, and other rideshare company drivers in New York City. Those drivers would download Vugo software onto a tablet device that would be displayed to riders. Vugo would pay each driver 60% of the ad revenue generated from their tablets. Because ridesharing falls into the “other” category of TLC-regulated for-hire vehicles, and TLC made it clear that it would not approve any rideshare drivers’ requests for interior advertising, Vugo could not proceed with its expansion plans. In response, Vugo filed a First Amendment challenge against TLC in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.”

“Southern District Judge Ronnie Abrams held on February 22, 2018 (Vugo v. City of New York) that TLC’s ban abridged Vugo’s commercial-speech rights. . . .”

New First Amendment Group — Speech First  Read More


FAN 178.1 (First Amendment News) Stanton Foundation — $$$ Funder of First Amendment Causes

Frank Stanton on cover of Time Magazine (Dec. 4, 1950)

When it comes to funding First Amendment causes, few foundations can rival the recent outlays of the Stanton Foundation (a later post will highlight the philanthropic work of Knight Foundation).

In a future post, I welcome the chance to interview some of the fine folks from the Stanton Foundation. Until then, here are a few words about the man and his legacy as embodied in the Stanton Foundation.

The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton (1908-2006), who is widely regarded as one of the greatest executives in the history of electronic communications and one of the television industry’s founding fathers.

Here is a sampling of some of the First Amendment and related causes the Stanton Foundation has funded:

  1. The Stanton Foundation Media Litigation Fellowship (2018)
  2. Duke wants to train more First Amendment lawyers. Here’s how it plans to do it (2018)
  3. Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (2018)
  4. 2017-19 Frank Stanton Fellowship: Electronic Frontier Foundation
  5. Cornell Law School Announces Launch of New First Amendment Clinic (2017)
  6. Stanton Foundation grant expands new CWRU Law School lab dedicated to intellectual property and First Amendment issues (2017)
  7. ASU Law establishes First Amendment clinic with gift from the Stanton Foundation (2017)
  8. Does the 1st Amendment Protect Hate Speech on Campus & Online? (2017)
  9. The First Amendment and Hate Speech (National Constitutional Center, 2017)
  10. The State of Financial Disclosure Project (2017)
  11. Journalism professors lead research into future-proofing local TV news (2017)
  12. Rebecca Tushnet joins Harvard Law faculty as Professor of First Amendment Law: Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law (2016)
  13. 2016 Freedom of the Press Awards Dinner
  14. Stanford Law School to Establish First Amendment Professorship with $5 Million Gift (2015)
  15. FIRE Launches First Amendment Online Library (2015) (here too)
  16. Top First Amendment Lawyer to Head MFIA Clinic (2015)
  17. 2015 Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press
  18. SciCheck puts political claims under a microscope (2015)
  19. The Funders Behind the Fact Checkers (2015)
  20. Stanton Foundation Legal Fellowship
  21. Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment (Kennedy School of Government)

Snapshot of the man (from NYT obituary, Dec. 26, 2006)

Frank Stanton

“Dr. Stanton bore much of the criticism when Washington objected to CBS News’s coverage of the war in Vietnam and was threatened with jail in 1971. CBS had broadcast an hourlong investigative report called “The Selling of the Pentagon,” about a $30 million campaign by the Defense Department to improve its image, and the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee demanded that he turn over material cut from the program. When he refused to comply, he was called before the committee.”

“He said the order amounted to an infringement of free speech and freedom of the press under the First Amendment. ‘If newsmen are told their notes, films and tapes will be subject to compulsory process so that the government can determine whether the news has been satisfactorily edited,’ he said, ‘the scope, nature and vigor of their news reporting will be inevitably curtailed.'”

YouTube Interviews (Television Academy Foundation)

  1. Executive Frank Stanton on his relationship with Bill Paley
  2. Executive Frank Stanton on “The Selling of the Pentagon
  3. Frank Stanton on Murrow, Severeid, and Klauber of CBS News
  4. Frank Stanton on the blacklist
  5. Executive Frank Stanton on Lyndon Johnson
  6. Frank Stanton on the transition between radio and television

Nadine Strossen on Frank Stanton 

 “Frank was a staunch supporter of the Shorenstein Center and the Kennedy School, retiring here in Boston after he left New York.  In his will, Frank left the bequest that through the Stanton Foundation allowed us to establish the Salant Lecture.  Frank Stanton insisted that this lecture be named not for himself, but for his friend and protégé, Richard Salant.”


Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat at Seton Hall Law School

Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy is pleased to announce the Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat, which will be held on February 9, 2018, at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey, from 9:30-5:00.  The purpose of the retreat is to give regional health law scholars an opportunity to share their work and exchange ideas in a friendly, informal setting.

This year’s retreat will consist of an in-depth discussion of the following papers:

Leo Beletsky (Northeastern): Expanding and Improving Substance Use Treatment to Respond to the Opioid Crisis: 21st Century Cures Act and its Street-Level Impact
Commentators: Christina Ho (Rutgers); John Jacobi (Seton Hall)

Ximena Benavides Reverditto (Yale) Opioids Overprescribing: A Social, Legal, and Political Analysis of Physicians’ Role in the Opiod Crisis
Commentators: Linda Fentiman (Pace); Gwendolyn Roberts Majette (Cleveland Marshall)

Myrisha Lewis (Howard): Halted Innovation: The Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction over the Human Body and Medical Practice
Commentators: Gaia Bernstein (Seton Hall); Lewis Grossman (American)

Barbara Noah (Western New England): Rational Patient Apathy
Commentators: Marsha Garrison (Brooklyn); Robert S. Olick (SUNY Upstate)

Govind Persad (Johns Hopkins): Adequacy and Equality in Health Insurance Benefit Design
Commentators: Rob Field (Drexel); Jennifer Herbst (Quinnipiac)

Kristin Underhill (Columbia): Perceptions of Protection under Nondiscrimination Laws
Commentators: Craig Konnoth (Colorado); Brian Sheppard (Seton Hall)

The retreat is open to anyone with an academic appointment in health law (including professors, fellows, and visitors) in any institution of higher education in the Northeast.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Carl Coleman via email here by February 2.

Draft papers will be circulated by the last week of January, and all attendees will be expected to have read the papers before the retreat.


FAN 174.2 (First Amendment News) Floyd Abrams Institute: Call for Abstracts for Scholars’ Conference

Call for Abstracts & Participants: Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression invites applications to participate in the sixth annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC).

 Conference Date: The conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut from April 27–29, 2018.

→ Response Date: All those interested in presenting a paper or commenting on a paper respond by February 23, 2018.

At FESC, scholars and practitioners discuss works-in-progress on the freedoms of speech, expression, press, association, petition, and assembly as well as on related issues of knowledge and information policy. FESC has become a fixture on the calendar of leading First Amendment thinkers and scholars nationwide.

The paper titles and attendees from prior conferences are available here:

→ Workshop Sessions: Each accepted paper is assigned to a discussant, who will summarize the paper for the workshop audience, provide feedback, and lead a discussion. Workshop sessions are typically lively discussions among authors, discussants, and participants. Sessions run from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, with a welcome dinner on Friday evening. Conference participants are expected to read the papers in advance and to attend the entire conference.

Papers are accepted on a wide array of freedom of expression and information policy topics. Although participation at the conference is by invitation only, we welcome paper proposals from scholars, practitioners, and free speech advocates all over the world. Please feel free to share this call for submissions widely.

→ Abstract Submissions & Due Date: Titles and abstracts of papers should be submitted electronically to Heather Branch no later than February 23, 2018.

→ For Additional Information: Those interested in attending the conference or acting as a discussant should also contact Heather Branch no later than February 23, 2018.

→ Due Date for Completed Papers: Workshop versions of accepted papers will be due on March 30, 2018, so that they can be circulated to discussants and other conference participants.

→ Travel & Accommodations: Participants will ask their home institutions to cover travel expenses. However, thanks to a generous donation from the Stanton Foundation, we are able to offer Abrams Travel Fellowships to cover some of the costs associated flights, lodging, and reasonable travel expenses for presenters and discussants who would not otherwise be able to attend. This fellowship is intended to encourage submissions from junior faculty and lawyers. Should you be invited to participate as an author or discussant, please inform us in your response whether you will require Abrams Travel Fellowship funding.

→ For Additional Information: Re questions: contact Heather Branch.


Call for Papers: Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat

Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy is pleased to announce the Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat, which will be held on February 9, 2018, at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey, from approximately 10:00-4:00.  The purpose of the retreat is to give area health law scholars an opportunity to share their work and exchange ideas in a friendly, informal setting.  The retreat is open to anyone with an academic appointment in health law (including professors, fellows, and visitors) in any institution of higher education in the Northeast area (broadly defined to include Washington D.C. and all points north).

The retreat will consist of an in-depth discussion of approximately 5-6 draft papers.  For each paper, a commentator will provide a 10-15 minute overview, as well as his or her reactions.  The author will then have 5 minutes to respond, after which the floor will be opened for a general discussion among all retreat participants.

If you are interested in having your paper presented, please submit a preliminary draft or, if that is not possible, a detailed abstract, no later than November 17, 2017, to  You will be notified whether your paper has been selected for presentation by December 15.  Final drafts will be due on January 19, 2018.  Drafts will be made available to all participants on a password-protected website.


Introducing the Equality Law Scholars’ Forum & Call for Proposals

In the spirit of academic engagement and mentoring in the area of Equality Law, we (Tristin Green, University of San Francisco; Angela Onwuachi-Willig, UC Berkeley; and Leticia Saucedo, UC Davis) introduce the Equality Law Scholars’ Forum to be held this Fall. This Scholars’ Forum seeks to provide junior scholars with commentary and critique and to provide scholars at all career stages the opportunity to engage with new scholarly currents and ideas. We hope to bring together scholars with varied perspectives (e.g., critical race theory, class critical theory, feminist legal theory, law and economics, law and society) across fields (e.g., criminal system, education, employment, family, health, immigration, property, tax) and with work relevant to many diverse identities (e.g., age, class, disability, national origin, race, sex, sexuality) to build bridges and to generate new ideas in the area of Equality Law.

We will select three to four relatively junior scholars (untenured, newly tenured, or prospective professors) to present papers from proposals submitted in response to this Call for Proposals. In so doing, we will select papers that cover a broad range of topics within the area of Equality Law. Leading senior scholars will provide commentary on each of the featured papers in an intimate and collegial setting. The Equality Law Scholars’ Forum will pay transportation and accommodation expenses for participants and will host a dinner on Friday evening.

This year’s Forum will be held on November 17, 2017 at Berkeley Law School.

Junior scholars are invited to submit abstracts of proposed papers, 3-5 pages in length, by July 14, 2017.

Full drafts must be available for circulation to participants by October 27, 2017.

Proposals should be submitted to: Tristin Green, USF School of Law, Electronic submissions via email are preferred.


Call for Papers: LatCrit XXI Biennial Conference

LatCrit XXI Biennial Conference







The 2016 election, with its surreal outcome, has revealed how hyper-nationalism, white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, oligarchy, and hate are essential to the mainstream conservative movements. The masking of these trends behind such double-speak as the “Alt-right movement,” has also emboldened those who seek to promote violent forms of intolerance to step out of the shadows and into the light. The poor and economically marginalized struggle with increasingly exploitative neoliberal forms of welfare, privatized for the profit and protection of the powerful financial class. The fight against these powerful forces, in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in our daily lives, has poured into the streets as we struggle to survive the onslaught of executive orders, legislation, and appointments designed to divide and conquer the democratic process. In the current dark days and in the face of previously unfathomable challenges, the bonds of solidarity and community must be nourished. At the Twenty-First Biennial LatCrit Conference, critical scholars will gather in Orlando, Florida to address the current challenges to our diverse communities. For that reason, we invite papers, panels, roundtables, workshops and works in progress across disciplinary boundaries and from all constituencies, among others, on the following questions: How do we deal with the forces that shaped the last election? What does true solidarity require in terms of organizing and mobilizing? How do we move forward, centering systematic injustice, preserving hard won gains from our ancestors, and forging ahead into the future for justice? How do we use our best talents for the struggle? What is the role of empathy and education moving forward? 

Paper, Panel, Roundtable, Workshop proposals & WIPS on other topics related to subordination and resistance are also welcome.


DEADLINE: Please submit an abstract and your contact info by May 15, 2017 through: HTTP://LATCRIT.ORG/LATCRIT2017-ONLINE-SUBMISSION-FORM/


For general information and questions about the event please email Saru Matambanadzo at




Major Contracts Symposium at GW

qtq80-Sh2bmhDivergence and Reform in the Common Law of Contracts is the title of this year’s GW Law Review Symposium and anyone interested in contracts and/or comparative law will want to join us for it on  Saturday November 19.  Here is a summary from the official web site for the event (RSVP here):

This Symposium continues a tradition of biennial conferences that began at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2011, followed by a conference held at the University of Edinburgh in 2013. But this 2016 Symposium is not your grandfather’s contract law. Instead, this conference takes a 21st Century approach to comparative issues in contract law, examining the most pressing controversies, debates, and challenges currently shaping the United States and United Kingdom’s shared legal tradition in the area of common law contracts.

Symposium papers from the previous two gatherings have been published as books by Cambridge U. Press and Oxford U. Press; papers from the current symposium will be published in the GW Law Review.

Topics include: Comparative Law and Reform; The Share Economy; Remedies; The State of the Interpretation Debate; Good Faith; and Consumer Contracts

Participants include:

Miriam Cherry, St. Louis U.

Lawrence Cunningham, GWU

Larry DiMatteo,  U. Florida

Hon. Lord Hodge, UK Supreme Court

Martin Hogg, Edinburgh

Geraint Howells, City U. Hong Kong

Judge Barbara Keenan, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Carlos Lucero, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Blake Morant, GWU

James Nehf,  Indiana U.

Robert Stevens,  Oxford U.

Matthias Storme, KU Leuven

Rolf Weber, U. Zurich






Health Law Retreat Call for Works-in-Progress

Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy is pleased to announce the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat, which will be held on February 10, 2017, at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey. The purpose of the retreat is to give regional health law scholars an opportunity to share their work and exchange ideas in a friendly, informal setting. The retreat is open to anyone with an academic appointment in health law (including professors, fellows, and visitors) in any institution of higher education in the mid-Atlantic area.

The retreat will consist of an in-depth discussion of approximately 5-6 draft papers. A designated commentator will first provide a 10-15 minute overview of each paper, as well as his or her reactions. The author will then have 5 minutes to respond, following which all retreat participants will participate in a general discussion of the draft.

Persons interested in having their papers presented should submit a preliminary draft or, if that is not possible, a detailed abstract, no later than November 18 to Carl Coleman at Seton Hall Law School. Papers to be presented will be selected by December 9, and final drafts will be due on January 20. Drafts will be made available to all participants on a password-protected website.


Call for Papers: The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

Call for Papers – Friday September 16th Deadline

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

Seeks submissions for the

Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Mexico City, Mexico, at the Sheraton Maria Isabel, June 20 – 23, 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

We invite you to participate in the panels sponsored by the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in 2017. The Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together law and society scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. Information about the Law and Society meeting is available at

This year’s meeting is unique in that it brings us to the Global South, and invites us to explore the theme Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World. We are especially interested in proposals that explore the application of feminist legal theory to this theme, broadly construed. This might include papers that explore feminist legal theory in comparative or transnational contexts, as well as in relation to the impacts of globalism and other intersections within particular locations, relationships, institutions, and identities. We are also interested in papers that will permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN, and welcome multidisciplinary proposals.

Our goal is to stimulate focused discussion of papers on which scholars are currently working. Thus, while you may submit papers that are closer to publication, we are particularly eager to receive proposals for works-in-progress that are at an earlier stage and will benefit from the discussion that the panels will provide.

The Planning Committee will assign individual papers to panels based on subject. Panels will use the LSA format, which requires four papers. We will also assign a chair, and one or two commentators/discussants for each panel, to provide feedback on the papers and promote discussion. For panels with two commentators/discussants, one may be asked to also chair.

As a condition of participating as a panelist, you must also agree to serve as a chair and/or commentator/discussant for another panel or participant. We will of course take into account expertise and topic preferences to the degree possible.

The duties of chairs are to organize the panel logistically; including registering it online with the LSA, and moderating the panel. Chairs will develop a 100-250 word description for the session and submit the session proposal to LSA before their anticipated deadline of October 19. This will ensure that each panelist can submit their proposal, using the panel number assigned.

The duties of commentator/discussants are to read the papers assigned to them and to prepare a short commentary about the papers that discusses them individually and (to the extent relevant) collectively, identifying ways that they relate to one another.

If you would like to present a paper as part of a CRN panel, please email:

  • An 1000 word abstract or summary,
  • Your name and a title, and
  • A list of your areas of interest and expertise within feminist legal theory

to the CRN Planning Committee at (Please do not send submissions to individual committee members.)

Note that LSA is imposing a requirement that your summary be at least 1,000 words long.  Although a shorter summary will suffice for our purposes, you will be required to upload a 1,000 word summary in advance of LSA’s anticipated deadline of October 19. If you are already planning a LSA session with at least four panelists (and papers) that you would like to see included in the Feminist Legal Theory CRN, please let the Committee know.

In addition to these panels, we may try to use some of the other formats that the LSA provides: the “author meets readers” format, salon, or roundtable discussion. If you have an idea that you think would work well in one of these formats, please let us know. Please note that for roundtables, organizers are now required to provide a 500-word summary of the topic and the contributions they expect the proposed participants to make. Please also note that LSA rules limit you to participating only once as a paper panelist or roundtable participant.

Please submit all proposals by Friday, September 16 to the email provided above. This will permit us to organize panels and submit them prior to the LSA’s anticipated deadline of October 19. In the past, we have accommodated as many panelists as possible, but have been unable to accept all proposals. If we are unable to accept your proposal for the CRN, we will notify you by early October so that you can submit an independent proposal to LSA.

We hope you’ll join us in Mexico City to share and discuss the scholarship in which we are all engaged and connect with others doing work on feminist legal theory.

2017 LSA Feminist Legal Theory CRN Planning Committee