Over the past three decades, the boundaries of free speech doctrine have been significantly recast by the legislature and the judiciary, and this redefinition continues into the foreseeable future. This year’s Legal Forum Symposium explores questions how the First Amendment can be adapted to suit the cultural, political, and social challenges of the contemporary world, as well as the extent to which the First Amendment can be interpreted to allow the government to regulate harms emerging from speech. Panelists will discuss topics including equality, false speech, press freedom, violent and harassing speech, and regulation of the market.
Schedule of Events
Friday, October 25
Dean Thomas J. Miles
THE PAST AND FUTURE OF FIRST AMENDMENT HARM
9:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Moderator: William Baude
REGULATING FALSE SPEECH AND PRESS
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Emily Buss
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm (in Room II)
IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT DEMOCRATIC?
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Moderator: Erin Miller
Ronald J. Krotosznski, Jr.
THE TENSION BETWEEN FREE SPEECH AND EQUALITY VALUES
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Moderator: Genevieve Lakier
Amy Adler, NYU School of Law
Danielle Citron, Boston University School of Law
Charlotte Garden, Seattle University School of Law
Adam Green, University of Chicago
Leslie Kendrick, University of Virginia Law School
Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota Law School
Ron Krotoszynski Jr., University of Alabama School of Law
Judith Miller. University of Chicago Law School
P.E. Moskowitz, Journalist, The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent
Helen Norton, University of Colorado Law School
Fred Schauer, University of Virginia Law School
Liz Sepper, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Amanda Shanor, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
Sonja West, University of Georgia School of Law
Please note: This symposium's sessions will be open to the media and will be recorded for possible podcast.
*Cass R Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. He is author of many books, including Conformity, On Freedom, and How Change Happens. During the Obama Administration, he served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, overseeing policies relating to climate change, civil rights, food safety, and homeland security. In recent years he has served as an informal adviser to many governments around the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Argentina, India, Singapore, Qatar, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, and Denmark, as well as the European Commission.