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Dean Lidsky Comments on CNN Dispute with White House

On November 16, District Court Judge Timothy Kelly temporarily restored CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s security pass, saying that Acosta’s Fifth Amendment due process rights had been violated when the White House revoked his security pass. A November 19 article on Politico, “White House says it still plans to revoke access for CNN’s Acosta,” explains that the White House plans to…

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…

Uber, Lyft driver suspended for videos: Dean Lidsky comments

In the KOMU-TV story, “Uber, Lyft suspend driver who recorded St. Louis passengers,” Dean Lyrissa Lidsky commented that in Missouri, it is “not, technically, illegal” to record these passengers since this is a one-party consent state. However, she added, “I think from the outrage that this case is generating you can see that the average person does not expect to be…

Professor Trachtenberg Blogs About Free Speech on Campuses

The Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet” blog published an opinion piece by Professor Ben Trachtenberg on campus speech, titled, “Why let the Klan march at a private historically black college? ‘This is not a First Amendment thing, man.'” The new piece raises arguments similar to those in Professor Trachtenberg’s article in the Journal of Dispute Resolution, “Private Universities and the First…

Professor Trachtenberg joins the campus free speech debate with new article

Professor Ben Trachtenberg joins the campus free speech debate with “Private Universities and the First Amendment,” in the Journal of Dispute Resolution. He argues that private universities should think carefully before adopting rules imposed by the Constitution on public institutions. Just as some private universities sensibly enact rules concerning religion that would be prohibited at state universities, a one-size-fits-all approach…