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Reassessing New York Times v. Sullivan





Reassessing NEW YORK TIMES CO. V. SULLIVAN: Freedom of the Press, 50 Years Later

"In Memory of Anthony Lewis (1927-2013)"

Fifty years ago, in a tumultuous period in U.S. history, the Supreme Court of the United States decided NY Times v. Sullivan, granting the press substantial protection from the chilling effect of lawsuits seeking large damage awards for unflattering news reports. This symposium brings together a remarkable collection of law professors, first amendment lawyers, working journalists, and a leading federal judge to assess from various perspectives, both domestic and international, whether 50 years later the Times decision justified the reaction of Professor Harry Kalven at the time, that it was an "occasion for dancing in the streets."

The confirmed participants are:

  • Judge Robert Sack (United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, media law expert)
  • Associate Justice William Robinson (Rhode Island Supreme Court, former counsel to various media entities)
  • Professor David Anderson (media law scholar, University of Texas)
  • Professor Lillian BeVier (constitutional law scholar, University of Virginia)
  • Tracy Breton (Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist), Providence Journal
  • George Freeman (Jenner and Block, longtime Assistant General Counsel, New York Times Corp.)
  • Dean Emeritus John Jeffries (constitutional law scholar, University of Virginia)
  • Victor Kovner (Davis, White Tremaine, storied media law advocate)
  • Professor David Partlett (comparative law scholar, former Dean, Emory University)
  • John Schwartz (national correspondent and former national legal correspondent, New York Times)
  • Dr. Melvin Urofsky (award-winning historian and co-author of New York Times: Civil Rights, Libel Law, and the Free Press)

Contact Information
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Bristol, RI 02809
Date & Location
Date: 2/21/2014
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: RWU Law, Bristol
Ten Metacom Avenue
Bristol, R.I.