[PAST EVENT] The First Amendment in the Trump Era

November 5, 2019
12:45pm - 2pm
Law School, Room 124
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Please join Professor Tim Zick, Professor Nadine Strossen (past president of the ACLU), and prominent First Amendment lawyer Robert Corn-Revere (Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Washington, D.C.) for a panel discussion of Professor Zick’s most recent book, The First Amendment in the Trump Era (OUP 2019). The panel will discuss a variety of challenges to free speech, free press, and dissent in the current era. Lunch will be provided.

Professor Timothy Zick is John Marshall Professor of Government and Citizenship at William & Mary. Prior to entering academia, Professor Zick was an associate with Williams and Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Foley Hoag in Boston. He also served as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the United States Department of Justice and as law clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at William & Mary, Professor Zick taught at St. John’s University School of Law. Professor Zick has written on a wide variety of constitutional issues, with a special focus on freedom of speech. He is the author of four books: Speech Out Of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties In Public Places (Cambridge University Press 2009); The Cosmopolitan First Amendment: Protecting Transborder Expressive and Religious Liberties (Cambridge University Press 2013); The Dynamic Free Speech Clause: Freedom of Speech And Its Relation to Other Constitutional Rights (Oxford Univ. Press, 2018); and The First Amendment in the Trump Era (Oxford Univ. Press, 2019). Professor Zick is a frequent commentator on First Amendment issues in local, national, and international media. He testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. Congress regarding the First Amendment rights of participants in the Occupy Wall Street protests.  

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties, including through frequent media interviews. From 1991 through 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen is currently a member of the ACLU's National Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Boards of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and Heterodox Academy. When she stepped down as ACLU President in 2008, three Supreme Court Justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter) participated in her farewell and tribute luncheon. Her book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, was published by Oxford University Press in May 2018. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College (1972) and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1975), where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before becoming a law professor, she practiced law for nine years in Minneapolis (her hometown) and New York City.

Bob Corn-Revere is currently a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He has long been a leader in advising clients in the areas of media, communications, and information technology law. He is a tireless advocate for his clients’ First Amendment rights, with particular experience applying these protections to new communications technologies. As a former Federal Communications Commission official, he has helped clients navigate complex regulations and administrative proceedings, and as a former journalist, he assists media organizations in their ability to gather and disseminate information. Bob has advocated for his clients in courts across the country, including all of the federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. He has won landmark First Amendment victories that extend full constitutional protections into novel areas. His practice runs the gamut from assisting major corporations with issues ranging from content regulation, newsgathering issues, and commercial speech regulation, to helping individuals cope with speech restrictions.