First Amendment Salons

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School sponsors the First Amendment Salons, a regular series of free, 90-minute discussions concerning contemporary Supreme Court cases, books, articles, legal briefs, memoranda, and other timely topics.

The by-invitation discussions rotate between the offices of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz in Washington, D.C., and New York, and the Abrams Institute at Yale Law School in New Haven. Each Salon is videocast to the other two venues so that people in all three locations can participate.

The co-chairs of the Salon are Ronald Collins (University of Washington Law School), Lee Levine (Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz) and David Skover ’78 (Seattle University Law School). Floyd Abrams, Sandra Baron, David Schulz, and Robert Post are members of its advisory board.

“The idea behind the salon,” Levine explained, “is to engage members of the First Amendment community — lawyers, academics, journalists, and activists — in an ongoing discussion about some of the key free speech issues of our times. We thus welcome this unique association with such a distinguished Institute committed to the same mission.”

For more information, please see the press release.

A “More Speech” series of occasional papers associated with the First Amendment Salon is published at Concurring Opinions.

Prior Salons

Rethinking Reno and Section 230: How should we regulate social media?
April 27, 2018
Moderator: Jack Balkin
Speakers: Enrique Armijo, Genevieve Lakier, Morgan Weiland
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Freedom of Speech in the Founding Era
September 9, 2016
Moderator: Nadine Strossen
Speakers: Akhil Amar and Stephen Solomon
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Hate Crimes in Cyberspace
March 29, 2016
Moderator: Ilya Shapiro
Speakers: Danielle Citron and Laura Handman
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Reed v. Gilbert & the Future of First Amendment Law
November 2, 2015
Moderator: Linda Greenhouse
Speakers: Floyd Abrams and Robert Post
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Is the First Amendment Being Misused as a Deregulatory Tool?
March 30, 2015
Moderator: Floyd Abrams
Speakers: Jack Balkin and Martin Redish

Hate Speech: From Parisian Cartoons to Cyberspace to Campus Speech Codes
March 9, 2015
Moderator: Lucy Dalglish
Speakers: Christopher Wolf and Greg Lukianoff