Symposium Archives

New York Times v. Sullivan

February 28, 2014

University of Alabama School of Law
Room A255
Program

The Alabama Law Review will host a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan on February 28, 2014, at The University of Alabama School of Law.

New York Times v. Sullivan is one of the most important cases in the history of First Amendment jurisprudence. Famously described by a noted First Amendment scholar at the time as “an occasion for dancing in the streets,” the decision in New York Times v. Sullivan constitutionalized the law of libel, recognizing a dramatic breadth of freedom to criticize public officials for their conduct; in so doing, it had a significant impact on both freedom of speech and freedom of the press, one that has been debated ever since. As a historical matter, moreover, the case was intimately connected to the history of the civil rights movement, particularly within the state of Alabama.

Our speakers include some of the nation’s foremost experts on both the history and law concerning New York Times v. Sullivan. They include Professor David A. Anderson, University of Texas School of Law; Judge U.W. Clemon, Northern District of Alabama; Professor RonNell Andersen Jones, BYU Law School; Judge Robert Sack, Second Circuit Court of Appeals; Professor Chris Schmidt, ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Professor Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School; and Professor Sonya West, The University of Georgia School of Law.

Welcome & Introduction

Paul Horwitz, Gordon Rosen Professor of Law, The University of Alabama

Opening Remarks (download audio)

David A. Anderson, Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Session I (download audio)

Reflections of a Civil Rights Lawyer-Activist on New York Times v. Sullivan
Judge U.W. Clemon, Northern District of Alabama (ret.) and Partner, White,Arnold & Dowd

Moderator: Preston Register, University of Alabama School of Law

Session II (download audio)

New York Times v. Sullivan Around the World
Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard LawSchool

Moderator: Lane Morrison, University of Alabama School of Law

Session III (download audio)

First Amendment Neighbors
Sonja West, Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Moderator: Mark Adams, University of Alabama School of Law

Session IV (download audio)

Keynote Address
Judge Robert Sack, Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Moderator: Forrest Phillips, University of Alabama School of Law

Session V (download audio)

Ambitious Advocacy
David A. Anderson, Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Moderator: Anna Twardy, University of Alabama School of Law

Session VI (download audio)

What the U.S. Supreme Court Thinks of the Press and Why it Matters
Professor RonNell Andersen Jones, Associate Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School

Moderator: Jon Tebbs, University of Alabama School of Law

Session VII (download audio)

New York Times v. Sullivan and the Legal Attack on the Civil Rights Movement
Christopher Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Moderator: Sam Schott, University of Alabama School of Law

Closing Remarks (download audio)

David A. Anderson, Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Moderator: Christopher Driver, University of Alabama School of Law

For questions regarding the symposium, please contact Brenda McPherson: bmcpherson@law.ua.edu