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

Nov 21 2013 3:46 pm
Fri, 02/21/2014 - 8:30am
RWU School of Law, Ten Metacom Avenue, Bristol, Rhode Island

Freedom of 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 New York Times Co. 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."

8:30 a.m.                 Registration
                                  RWU Law – 2nd Floor Atrium
                                  Coffee/Tea will be available.

9:00 a.m.                 Keynote Address - Law Room 262
                                 Judge Robert Sack
                                 United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Media law expert

10:00–12:00 p.m.  Panel - NY Times “in theory” - Law Room 262
Panelists include:
Professor David Anderson, media law scholar, University of Texas
Professor Lillian BeVier, constitutional law scholar, University of Virginia
Dean Emeritus John Jeffries, constitutional law scholar, University of Virginia
Professor David Partlett, comparative law scholar, former Dean, Emory University
Dr. Melvin Urofsky, award-winning historian and co-author of New York Times: Civil Rights, Libel Law, and the Free Press
Jared Goldstein, constitutional law scholar, Roger Williams University School of Law

12:15 p.m.             Lunch – Sandwich Buffet – Bay View Room

1:15-3:30 p.m.      Panel – NY Times “in practice” - Law Room 262
Panelists include:
Associate Justice William Robinson, RI Supreme Court, former counsel to various media entities
Tracy Breton, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Providence Journal
George Freeman, Jenner and Block, longtime Assistant General Counsel, New York Times Corp.
Victor Kovner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, storied media law advocate
John Schwartz, national correspondent and former national legal correspondent, New York Times
Dean David Logan, media law scholar, Roger Williams University School of Law

Registration is complimentary.  On-site registration will be held at RWU Law, 2nd Floor Atrium, Ten Metacom Avenue, Bristol, Rhode Island.  Advanced registration is required.


This program is approved for six (6) Rhode Island CLE credits with zero ethics credit.