March 30, 2017

ABA to host program on free speech and free press, April 5, in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 — Recent challenges involving free speech and free press will be the focus of the American Bar Association program, Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope,  April 5 at the ABA’s Washington, D.C., office. 

What:  
Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press: New Controversies on the Slippery Slope
Presented by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

When: 
Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where:
American Bar Association
1050 Connecticut Ave., NW,
John Marshall Conference Room—5th floor
Washington, D.C., 20036

 Topics covered include:

  • The impact of criticism of the media by the White House and other    officials
  • “Fake news” controversy
  • State legislative efforts to curb and punish protestors
  • Outbreaks of campus violence to protest controversial speakers
  • Pending Supreme Court cases involving free speech

The moderator for the discussion is Stephen Wermiel, professor, American University Washington College of Law and co-chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice First Amendment Rights Committee. Speakers include Robert Corn-Revere, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine; Lucy Dalglish, dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Frank LoMonte, director, Student Press Law Center; and Gene Policinski, senior vice president, Newseum Institute First Amendment Center.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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