Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Freedom of Expression at American Law Schools

 [We have the following announcement of the Hofstra Law Review Symposium for 2023.  DRE]

Freedom of Expression at American Law Schools, Friday, February 10, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308, Hofstra Law

Commitments to principles supporting the freedom of expression are found in statements of policy at public and private institutions of higher education throughout the United States. American law schools, either as parts of larger universities or standing alone, have embraced similar policies adhering to the principle that free intellectual inquiry is at the core of a law school’s educational and research mission.

General statements about free expression, however, do not always resolve actual controversies. When does expression "go too far?" Are controversies over free expression at law schools different from those elsewhere on campuses? There have been powerful reminders, in recent years, that law school free expression has limits — that at some point it can collide with other values and interests of concern to deans, faculty, and students.

This event will bring together free expression scholars, practitioners, former and current law school deans, and leaders of American universities to discuss the ways forward.
RSVP is required. For more information, email lawreview@hofstra.edu.

[The impressive schedule for the symposium is after the jump.]

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m. | Welcome

Norman I. Silber
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Hon. A. Gail Prudenti
Dean, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

9:45-10:45 a.m. | Session One

Mark C. Niles (Chair)
Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law


Kevin T. Baine
Senior Counsel, Williams & Connolly LLP
"Free Speech on Campus: The Liberal Challenge to a Liberal Ideal"

Frederick M. Lawrence
Distinguished Lecturer, Georgetown Law
'"The Remedy to be Applied is More Speech': the Rights, Responsibilities and Obligations of Free Expression at Law Schools"

Thomas Healy
Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
"The Kids Are Alright"

10:45-11:15 a.m. | Comments and Reflections

Guido Calabresi
Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law,
Yale Law School

Eduardo Penalver
President, Seattle University

David M. Rabban
Dahr Jamail, Randall Hage Jamail and Robert Lee Jamail Regents Chair, and
University Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Danielle R. Holley
Professor of Law and Dean, Howard University School of Law

11:15 a.m.-Noon | Roundtable Conversation with the Audience

Noon-1:30 p.m. | Luncheon

Dr. Susan Poser
President, Hofstra University

1:30-2:30 p.m. | Session Two

Eric M. Freedman (Chair)
Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights,
Maurice A. Deane School of Law


Leonard M. Niehoff
Professor from Practice, The University of Michigan Law School
"Terrible Freedom, Ambiguous Authenticity, and the Pragmatism of the Endangered: Why Free Speech in Law School Gets Complicated"

Mary Anne Franks
Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair,
University of Miami School of Law
"How Law Schools Can Fight for Fearless Speech"

Eugene Volokh
Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
"Threats to Free Expression as Threats to Effective Legal Education"

2:30-3:10 p.m. | Comments and Reflections

Francesca L. Procaccini
Assistant Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

Robert C. Post
Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Genevieve Lakier
Professor of Law, Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar,
University of Chicago Law School

Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law,
UC Berkeley School of Law

3:10-3:40 p.m. | Roundtable Conversation with the Audience

3:40-4 p.m. | Closing

Theresa J. Kelley
Editor-in-Chief, Hofstra Law Review, Volume 51

Norman I. Silber
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law