Upcoming Events


April 26 Friday

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 7

9:00AM to 5:00PM

Room 122

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression invites applications to participate in the seventh annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC). The conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut on April 26 & 27, 2019. We ask all those interested in presenting a paper or commenting on a paper to respond by February 15, 2019.   

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Past Events


February 22 Friday

Unmasking “Dark Money”— The Tangled Relationship between Compelled Donor Disclosure, Anonymous Speech, and the Reporters’ Privilege

This event will explore the potential implications for journalists and their confidential sources of ongoing efforts to compel the disclosure of sources of so-called “dark money” in candidate and issue campaigns. Is the push to unmask dark money a threat to anonymous speech in other contexts, and how might the legal standards developed in that context impact the relationships between reporters and their confidential sources?

A question and answer session for both journalists and lawyers will follow a discussion of the issues among:

November 14 Wednesday

Free Expression in an Age of Surveillance: Measuring the “Chilling Effect”

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Knight Institute and the Information Society Project at Yale Law School will host the second event in a series examining the role that the First Amendment should play in assessing the lawfulness of government surveillance. The panel, co-sponsored by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia Journalism School, asks: Does surveillance chill speech and dissent? How so? And can we measure the chilling effect?

October 12 Friday

Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic's Access & Accountability 2018: A Conference for Transparency Advocates

Friday, October 12

8:00        Registration and Breakfast   Room 122

9:00       Welcome & Introduction    Room 120

9:15        Journalism Under Fire     Room 120

June 4 Monday

Commercial Speech and the First Amendment: Does the Right of Publicity Transcend Commercial Speech?

Please join us for an in-depth discussion on right of publicity. Register here: https://commspeechrop.eventbrite.com

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April 28 Saturday

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC6)

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression announces the sixth annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC). The conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut from April 28–29, 2018. This is an invitation only event. At FESC, scholars and practitioners discuss works-in-progress on the freedoms of speech, expression, press, association, petition, and assembly as well as on related issues of knowledge and information policy. FESC has become a fixture on the calendar of leading First Amendment thinkers and scholars nationwide.

April 27 Friday

1st Amendment Salon: Rethinking Reno and Section 230: How should we regulate social media?

Jack Balkin will moderate a panel discussion for approximately 45 minutes before questions and comments are taken from the audience at Yale and at interconnected venues in New York and Washington.

April 18 Wednesday

NDAs and Investigative Journalism: What Can Be Done When Contractual Commitments Are Used To Suppress New Reporting?

NDAs and Investigative Journalism: What Can Be Done When Contractual Commitments Are Used To Suppress New Reporting?

The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School invite you, your journalist colleagues and others from your organization to the next in their series of occasional lunchtime discussions of current issues facing journalists and their lawyers.

February 7 Wednesday

When Truth Matters, Can Images Be Trusted?

In a world where online information purveyors can distribute “fake news,” does it matter that audio, visual and audio/visual materials can be doctored or be utterly fictional?

February 6 Tuesday

FOIA Bootcamp

As government transparency faces an uncertain future, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA) at Yale Law School invites you to come learn about the legal tools you can use to keep federal, state, and local governments open and accountable.

Learn how to effectively obtain information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—how to draft requests, where to send them, what language you should use and how to work with agencies to avoid going to court.

February 1 Thursday

The First Amendment on Campus: Constitutional Reflections on Recent Campus Speech Controversies, with Prof. Catherine Ross 87'

Join Prof. Catherine Ross 87’, of George Washington University Law School to discuss the First Amendment on campus. Prof. Ross holds a B.A., Ph.D. (History) and JD from Yale and is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University where she specializes in constitutional law (with particular emphasis on the First Amendment), family law, and children’s rights.

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