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ABF Book Reception: "Free Speech: From Core Values to Current Debates"

  • When: August 4, 2022, 5 pm
  • Where: American Bar Foundation, Woods Room

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Join the American Bar Foundation for a Hybrid Book Launch Reception celebrating Free Speech: From Core Values to Current Debates by Len Niehoff and E. Thomas Sullivan, ABF President and President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science at the Univeristy of Vermont. 

The reception will be held on Thursday, August 4th from 5 - 5:30 pm CDT in the ABF Woods Room, where hors d'oeuvres and a limited bar will be available. Immediatley following the reception will be a hybrid presentation and Q&A from 5:30 - 6:30 pm CDT. Christopher W. Schmidt, ABF Research Professor and Associated Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, will be the commentator for this event. 

About Free Speech: From Core Values to Current Debates

Why do we protect free speech? What values does it serve? How has the Supreme Court interpreted the First Amendment? What has the Court gotten right and wrong? Why are current debates over free expression often so divisive? How can we do better? In this succinct but comprehensive and scholarly book, authors Len Niehoff and E. Thomas Sullivan tackle these pressing questions. Free Speech: From Core Values to Current Debates traces the development and evolution of the free speech doctrine in the Supreme Court and explores how the Court - with varying levels of success - has applied that doctrinal framework to “hard cases” and current controversies, such as those involving hate speech, speech on the internet, speech on campus, and campaign finance regulation.

This book is available for purchase here. Use discount code "SULLIVAN22" for 20 percent off. 

About the Author

E. Tom Sullivan is the President of the American Bar Foundation and the President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont. He is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law complex litigation and constitutional law having authored 12 books and over 50 articles. 

Sullivan has been an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) since 1984 and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 1994. He is also a Life Fellow member of the Cambridge University Clare Hall College (UK).


*We ask that you register by Wednesday, July 27th for the in-person reception 

COVID-19 Saftey Acknowledgement: The ABF is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will follow local and state guidelines for this event. All in-person attendees will be required to have been fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event start, as well as comply with all other safety protocols that are in place at the time of the event. Masks will be required when attendees are not actively eating or drinking. Participants unwilling or unable to abide by these requirements should not attend in person.

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