National Law-Related Education Conference

2018 National Law-Related Education Conference

Free Speech Today
September 20-21, 2018
Venue Six10, Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

Freedom of speech is widely regarded as a foundational value of constitutional democracies. The 2018 National Law-Related Education Conference will focus on “Free Speech Today.” It will broadly examine this theme as a significant matter of contemporary concern, while noting its history and considering its future, from both a comparative and global perspective.

Conference participants and presenters are encouraged to consider:

  • What speech should be “free”?
  • What is the relationship between free speech and civic education? Free speech and democracy?
  • What is the role of government in regulating speech? Should constraints on speech be accomplished through laws or norms?
  • When should speech be limited by, or weighed against, other competing values—privacy, security, equality, or the prevention of harm?
  • Should speech be governed by civility, or challenge it?

    Download a draft conference agenda.

    Donors and Presenters

    Parking information for Venue SIX10

Featured Speakers

Rebecca Tushnet
Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment
Harvard Law School





Justin Driver
Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law
University of Chicago Law School




Lucy Dalglish
Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland



Jamie Kalven
Freelance journalist




Nancy Watzman
Dot Connector Studio