Violence, Vulgarity, Lies: Albany Law Review to Hold Symposium on Free Speech

8/22/2012 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

The Albany Law Review will hold its fall symposium on free speech, bringing together the ACLU’s president, The New York Times’ Supreme Court correspondent, First Amendment advocates, legal scholars and others to discuss recent freedom of speech decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications of these cases on American society.

For a full schedule of the symposium, “What are we Saying? Violence, Vulgarity, Lies … and the Importance of 21st Century Free Speech,” visit

Participants to date include:

Floyd Abrams, First Amendment lawyer, whose wins before the U.S. Supreme Court range from the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United

Dean Alan B. Morrison, George Washington School of Law, who co-founded the Public Citizen Litigation Group with Ralph Nader and who has argued more than 20 cases before the Supreme Court

Susan Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union, and author, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

Robert O'Neil, former President, University of Virginia, and founder, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

Ronald Collins, Harold S. Shefelman Scholar, University of Washington School of Law

Robert D. Richards, founding co-director, Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment, and John & Ann Curley Professor of First Amendment Studies at Penn State

Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent, The New York Times

The symposium, co-sponsored by the Government Law Center, will take place at Albany Law School on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, beginning at 11:00 a.m. It is free and open to the public. Contact 518-445-2335 or

Now celebrating its 76th volume, the Albany Law Review is an independent, student-run organization that publishes critical and analytical articles written by judges, lawyers, law school professors and other legal scholars. Each year the journal publishes four books: two on general legal issues, one devoted to New York law and one devoted to state constitutional commentary.