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LAPA Seminar - A Theory of First Amendment Academic Freedom

May 1, 2017 04:30PM to 06:00PM
301 Marx Hall


Open to the Public
David Rabban, LAPA Fellow; University of Texas School of Law; and commentator Robert C. Post, Dean, Yale Law School
LAPA's seminar format asks attendees to familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator opens the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. Paper copies of the seminar paper are generally available a week before the talk in 416A Robertson Hall during regular hours.

From Professor Rabban: The Supreme Court first identified academic freedom as a distinctive First Amendment right in 1957.  Since then scores of Supreme Court decisions and over a thousand lower court decisions have referred to academic freedom.  I am currently writing a book that attempts to organize and classify the existing case law and to elaborate a theory of First Amendment academic freedom. The excerpts that I am distributing for my LAPA seminar include an overview of the book, my central argument linking academic freedom to expert professional speech by professors, and applications of this argument beyond scholarship and teaching to speech about university affairs and political speech.

Free and open to the public.

Contact Judi Rivkin, jrivkin@princeton.edu