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First Amendment News 266: Summer scholarship issue: 25 new or forthcoming articles on free expression

August 12, 2020

Though legal scholarship’s main justification for being valued is the value it adds to law professors’ status, scholarship nonetheless vies for attention in the academic community and sometimes in the professional world as well. What with the avalanche of data dumped onto the internet, it is difficult to first find, let alone read, the relevant information in one’s field of interest or practice.

To help readers with this Sisyphean task, this issue of First Amendment News is devoted to new and forthcoming free speech articles; though I have also posted two news items at the end and have also included a link to a new cert. petition in a First Amendment case (Stockman v. United States). Enjoy! 

Call for nominations: Tony Mauro Media Lawyer Award

From The American Lawyer:

To mark Tony Mauro’s retirement after nearly 40 years of covering the U.S. Supreme Court—half of them with ALM—ALM Media launched the Tony Mauro Award last year to honor lawyers who zealously advocate for freedom of the press.

The award will be given at the annual American Lawyer Industry Awards event in New York City. It will recognize lawyers who, during the past year and a half, have taken the lead in protecting press freedom—whether they are litigating for access to court or other government documents and institutions, or defending individual journalists and media organizations. They can be lawyers who protect journalists in all kinds of media, including online outlets, print and broadcast, and student journalists as well. Lawyers who are in private practice as well as nonprofits from around the country will be eligible.

We eagerly welcome nominations for potential winners of the award. Here are details:

  •  The winner could be an individual or a team, and can be lawyers who protect journalists in all kinds of media, including online outlets, print and broadcast, and student journalists as well. Lawyers who are in private practice as well as nonprofits from around the country will be eligible.
  • The award will recognize media advocacy that took place from September 2019 to the submission deadline of Sept. 30, 2020, rather than lifetime achievement.
  • Nominees should submit a one-page description of their media advocacy action, its impact and what it meant to the client and to the broader goal of freedom of the press or open access. We will accept supporting documents, but don’t require them.
  • The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30, 2020. Please click here to submit a nomination.

Honest Offense #18: ‘Professors Collins & Skover on Lenny Bruce & free speech’

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Eric Cervone over at Honest Offense has this post about the video podcast:

Ron Collins and David Skover are two of America’s foremost legal scholars on free speech. Together, they are authors of The Trials of Lenny Bruce, in which they detail the legal troubles of Lenny Bruce–a standup comic and free-speech pioneer who paved the way for every comedian who came after him. Throughout his career, Lenny faced multiple obscenity charges–all based solely on words he said on stage. Lenny died a convict, but Ron and David worked tirelessly to clear his name; Lenny is now revered as the father of modern standup.

 

2020–2021 SCOTUS term: Free expression & related cases

Cert. granted

Pending petitions

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This article is part of First Amendment News, an editorially independent publication edited by Professor Ronald K. L. Collins and hosted by FIRE as part of our mission to educate the public about First Amendment issues. Opinions expressed are those of the article's author(s) and may not reflect the opinions of FIRE or of Professor Collins.