David L. Hudson, Jr., an Assistant Professor of Law, teaches Legal Information and Communication at Belmont. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 40 books. For much of his career, he has worked on First Amendment issues. He serves as a Justice Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellow for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and a First Amendment Fellow for the Freedom Forum Institute. For 17 years, he was an attorney and scholar at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Hudson has taught classes at Vanderbilt Law School and the Nashville School of Law. In June 2018, the Nashville School of Law awarded him its Distinguished Faculty Award. In the spring of 2022, Belmont University awarded Hudson its University Faculty Scholarship Award. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. Professor Hudson's published works have been cited and relied upon by other scholars and courts. Hudson also is a licensed boxing judge and has judged a dozen world title bouts.
- Arguments for freedom: The many reasons why free speech is essential,
- From Milton to The New York Times: How the free press shaped the free world,
- How due process ensures fairness and protects from governmental overreach,
- ‘The foundation of intellectual discovery’: The role of academic freedom in civil society,
- 80 years ago the Supreme Court introduced ‘Fighting Words’,
- Is hate speech protected by the First Amendment?,
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