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Professor Esbeck Publishes New Article

Professor Carl H. Esbeck’s article, “Stating a Claim Under the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses: What Trump v. Hawaii Can Tell Us,” was just published in the Journal of Church & State. Little recognized is that the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii – the case upholding President Trump’s “Muslim immigration ban” – is also a case about religious…

Hurley-Sloan Symposium: Free Speech, Free Press or Free for All? Social Media and the First Amendment

The Missouri-Hurley and Price Sloan Symposium will be held April 25 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event, “Free Speech, Free Press or Free for All? Social Media and the First Amendment” begins at 8:30 am and will feature Brian Stelter as the keynote luncheon speaker. Journalists, social media experts and legal scholars will explore the following…

Dean Lidsky Named Reporter of New Restatement of Torts

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky was recently named a Reporter of the new American Law Institute (ALI) Restatement of Torts:  Defamation and Privacy.  The project will focus on torts dealing with personal and business reputation and dignity, including defamation, business disparagement, and rights of privacy. Among other issues, the updates will cover the substantial body of new issues relating to the internet.…

Dean Lidsky Cited in Federal Appellate Court Decision on Public Official’s Facebook Page

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously ruled that Loudon County (Va.) Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall’s Facebook page operated as a public forum and that her decision to block Brian C. Davison from her page based on his criticism of her qualified as impermissible and unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination. The decision cited Dean Lyrissa Lidsky’s article,…

Dean Lidsky to Debate Yale Professor Robert Post About Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky will participate in the 35th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate at the University of Utah on November 15. The debate, “Freedom of Speech on College Campuses. Where is the Line Drawn?,” will focus on the First Amendment rights of members of university communities and whether they may be constrained when their speech undermines the educational or research missions…

Dean Lidsky Writes Essay for First Amendment News

For its 200th issue, the First Amendment News invited 15 women to write essays about free speech law. Dean Lyrissa Lidsky’s essay, “Libel, Lies, and Conspiracy Theories,” discusses the libel suits by Sandy Hook parents against Alex Jones of Infowars. Dean Lidsky contends that examining the Sandy Hook parents’ libel suits against Jones helps illuminate the limits of the First…

Curator Steelman and Professor Jerry Serve as Constitution Day Panelists

David Steelman, ’78, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, and Professor Bob Jerry were panelists for a Constitution Day program on September 17 at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The Office of Equity and Title IX hosted a discussion on “The First Amendment and the…

“Dangerous Tweets:” Dean Lidsky Speaks at Missouri State University

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky recently gave a talk at Missouri State University as a featured speaker at the university’s fifth annual Bartee Dinner. Dean Lidsky’s talk was titled “Dangerous Tweets?: Social Media, Censorship, and the First Amendment.” Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of Torts and the First Amendment, with a particular emphasis on defamation and other free speech issues in…

Dean Lidsky Interviewed on PBS About Alex Jones’ Removal from Social Media Platforms

Dean Lyrissa Lidsky was interviewed on the PBS NewsHour on August 8, “Why kicking Alex Jones off social media is not legally censorship.” In the interview, she commented about the decision by iTunes, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube to remove Alex Jones’ audio and video content from their platforms. The social media platforms removed him from their sites for violating their…

Professor Barondes Comments on 3D Printed Guns Case

Professor Royce Barondes was interviewed by KOMU-TV, “Legal experts weigh in on 3D printed guns debate,” where he discussed a settlement of a Federal lawsuit involving internet posting of computer-aided design files for 3D-printed firearms. The internet posts had been prohibited by U.S. Executive Branch implementation of a statute designed to address international export and import of weapons. The settlement, which…