What Are We Saying?


Violence, Vulgarity, Lies ... and the Importance of 21st Century Free Speech

The Albany Law Review will host First Amendment scholars and advocates from around the country for the symposium "What Are We Saying?: Violence, Vulgarity, Lies ... And the Importance of 21st Century Free Speech" at Albany Law School on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

11:00 a.m.
Debate about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the controversial Supreme Court decision that defined certain campaign contributions as a form of free speech

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

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

Free Luncheon

1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Four First Amendment experts will discuss several of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent freedom of speech decisions and the implications of these cases on American society.

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

Moderator: Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent, The New York Times

The symposium, which is co-sponsored by the Government Law Center and will primarily take place in the law school's Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, is free and open to the public. CLE credits are available. For more information, contact Benjamin Pomerance at bpomerance@albanylaw.edu.