Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 4 (2016)

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 8:15am to Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 1:15pm

Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06520

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School will host the fourth Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC) at Yale Law School on April 30-May 1, 2016. The FESC is sponsored by the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression .

The conference brings scholars together to discuss their works-in-progress concerning freedom of speech, expression, press, association, petition, assembly, and related issues of knowledge and information policy.  Now in its fourth year, the FESC has become a fixture on the calendar of leading First Amendment thinkers nationwide and is the premier annual gathering of First Amendment scholars in the United States.  As in past years, well over 50 leading First Amendment scholars and practitioners will be in attendance this year.

The conference offers participants an opportunity to receive substantive feedback through group discussion. Each paper is assigned a discussant, who leads a discussion and provides feedback to the author. Participants will be expected to read papers in advance, and to attend the entire conference.  Workshop sessions are typically lively discussions between and among authors, discussants, and participants.  While anyone is welcome to apply to participate in the conference, attendance is by invitation only.

The basic workshop format will be as follows: The discussant (not the author) will present the paper to the group and provide initial comments (no more than 10 minutes). The author may choose to respond at that point (no more than 5 minutes), and then the workshop will proceed into a roundtable discussion among audience participants and the author, moderated by the discussant.

Because the format of the conference depends on active participation, the expectation is that audience participants will read the papers in advance of the sessions they plan to join.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Registration - Room 122

8:30 am - 9:00 am — Breakfast – Dining Hall

9:00 am - 9:15 am — Welcome & Introduction – Dining Hall

9:15 am - 10:30 am — First Session (Breakout Session)

AuthorPaper TitleDiscussant
Sonja WestThe Press Clause and Speaker DiscriminationSamantha Barbas
Kiel Brennan-Marquez and Daniel SusserThe Big ChillPaul Smith
Caroline CorbinGovernment Employee Speech vs. Government Employee Religion: A ComparisonTabatha Abu El-Haj
Heather M. Whitney & Robert Mark SimpsonSearch Engines and Free Speech CoverageHeidi Kitrosser

11:00 am - 12:15 pm — Second Session (Breakout Session)

AuthorPaper TitleDiscussant
Margot KaminskiPrivacy and the Right to RecordAndrea Matwyshyn
Brian HutlerHate Speech, Political Conversations, and CitizenshipMaggie McKinley
Mesenbet Assefa TadegContemporary Challenges to Free Speech in Illiberal Polities: the Case of Ethiopia and Thailand.Thomas Healy
Claudia HauptUnprofessional AdviceRod Smolla

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm — Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm — Third Session (Plenary Panel) – First Amendment Theory and Coverage

AuthorPaper TitleModerator
Jane Bambauer, Derek BambauerInformation LibertarianismAsh Bhagwat
Leslie KendrickUse Your WordsAsh Bhagwat
Amanda ShanorAt the Boundaries of Free Speech: A Theory of First Amendment CoverageAsh Bhagwat
Morgan WeilandAutonomy Extremism and the Digital Free Speech CrisisAsh Bhagwat

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm — Fourth Session (Breakout Session)         

AuthorPaper TitleDiscussant
Lyrissa Lidsky & Rachael JonesReclaiming the Fourth EstateRonNell Anderson Jones
James WeinsteinHate Speech Bans, Democracy, and Political LegitimacyClarissa Piterman Gross
Rebecca TushnetThe First Amendment Walks Into a Bar: Trademark Registration and Free SpeechDeven Desai
Rod SmollaProfessional SpeechClaudia Haupt

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm — Fifth Session (Breakout Session)

AuthorPaper TitleDiscussant
Amy GajdaThe Right to be Forgotten in the United StatesLauren Scholz
Brian SoucekArtistic ExemptionsBJ Ard
Enrique ArmijoTown of Gilbert: Relax EverybodyDerek Bambauer

Sunday, May 1, 2016

8:30 am - 9:00 am — Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:15 am — Sixth Session (Breakout Session)

AuthorPaper TitleDiscussant
Alexander TsesisTerrorist Speech on Social MediaThomas Crocker
Helen NortonTruth and Lies in the Workplace: Employer Speech and the First AmendmentKerry Monroe
Urja MittalThe Supreme Board of Sign Review: Reed and its AftermathEnrique Armijo

10:45 am – 12:00 pm — Seventh Session (Breakout Session)

AuthorPaper TitleDiscussant
David PozenFreedom of Information Beyond the Freedom of Information ActJonathan Manes
David Post & Annemarie BridySex Offenders, Anonymous Internet Speech, and the ConstitutionJonathan Hafetz
Chris Fei ShenAsian Values and Internet FreedomJacob Rogers

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm — Eighth Session (Lunchtime Plenary Panel) – Speech Regulation by Internet Intermediaries

AuthorPaper TitleModerator
Molly LandHuman Rights and Private Governance of the InternetJack Balkin
Kate KlonickFrom Constitution to Click-Worker-The Creation, Policy, and Process of Online Content ModerationJack Balkin
Emma Llanso & Rita Cant"Internet Referral Units": Co-Option of Private Content Moderation Systems for Extralegal Government CensorshipJack Balkin

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm — Ninth Session (Breakout Session)

AuthorPaper TitleDiscussant
Hannah Bloch-WehbaA First Amendment Right of Access to Electronic Surveillance OrdersAndrew Selbst
Andrew TuttChoosing Between Approaches to First Amendment InterpretationVince Blasi
Victoria BaranetskyFreedom of the Press and EncryptionDavid Thaw


Floyd AbramsPartner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Tabatha Abu El-HajAssociate Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
BJ ArdPhD Candidate and ISP Resident Fellow, Yale Law School
Enrique ArmijoAssociate Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
Jane BambauerAssociate Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law
Derek BambauerProfessor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law
Victoria BaranetskyDigital Rights Counsel, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Samantha Barbas
Associate Professor of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law
Sandra BaronSenior Fellow, Yale Law School
Christopher BeallPartner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP
Ashutosh BhagwatMartin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Vincent BlasiCorliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, Columbia Law School
Marc BlitzAlan Joseph Bennett Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Hannah Bloch-WehbaStanton Foundation National Security Fellow, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Kiel Brennan-MarquezPostdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University School of Law
Annemarie BridyProfessor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law
Rita CantFree Expression Legal Fellow, Center for Democracy and Technology
Ge ChenResearch Associate, Mercator Institute for China Studies
Caroline Mala CorbinProfessor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Robert Mark Corn-ReverePartner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Thomas CrockerDistinguished Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
Steve CrownVice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
Deven DesaiAssociate Professor, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
Jonathan DonnellanVice President and Deputy General Counsel, Hearst
Amy GajdaProfessor of Law, Tulate University Law School
Clarissa Piterman GrossFox International Fellow, Yale University
Jonathan HafetzAssociate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
Claudia HauptPostdoctoral Researcher, Columbia Law School
Thomas HealyProfessor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
Brian HutlerPhD Candidate, University of California at Los Angeles
Rachael JonesLaw Student, University of Florida Levin College of Law
RonNell Anderson JonesProfessor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School
Margot KaminskiAssistant Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Leslie KendrickAlbert Clark Tate, Jr., Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Heidi KitrosserProfessor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Kate KlonickPhD Candidate and ISP Resident Fellow, Yale Law School
Craig KonnothSharswood Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Joel KurtzbergPartner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Molly LandProfessor of Law, University of Connecticut
Lyrissa LidskyStephen C. O'Connell Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
Emma LlansoDirector, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
Jonathan ManesAbrams Clinical Fellow, Yale Law School
Andrea MatwyshynProfessor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
David McCrawAssistant General Counsel, New York Times
Maggie McKinleyClimenko Fellow, Harvard Law School
Ashley MessengerSenior Associate General Counsel, National Public Radio
Urja MittalLaw Student, Yale Law School
Kerry MonroePhD Candidate and ISP Resident Fellow, Yale Law School
Helen NortonProfessor of Law, University of Colorado School of Law
Lynn OberlanderGeneral Counsel, Media Operations, First Look Media
David PostFellow / Adjunct Scholar, Center for Democracy and Technology / Cato Institute
David PozenAssociate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Jacob RogersLegal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
Lee RowlandSenior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Lauren ScholzISP Resident Fellow, Yale Law School
Andrew SelbstScholar in Residence, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Amy SemetPostdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University
Amanda ShanorPhD Candidate and ISP Resident Fellow, Yale Law School
Chris' Fei ShenAssociate Professor of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong
Robert Mark SimpsonLecturer in Philosophy, Monash University
Chuck SimsPartner, Proskauer Rose LLP
Scott Skinner-ThompsonActing Assistant Professor of Lawyering, New York University School of Law
Paul M. SmithPartner, Jenner & Block LLP
Rod SmollaDean and Professor of Law, Delaware Law School
Brian SoucekActing Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Daniel SusserAssistant Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University
Mesenbet Assefa TadegPhD Candidate and Fellow, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
David ThawAssistant Professor of Law and Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Alexander TsesisProfessor of Law and Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Rebecca TushnetProfessor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Andrew TuttAttorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
Morgan N. WeilandPhD Candidate, Stanford University
James WeinsteinAmelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Sonja WestAssociate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
Heather M.  WhitneyBigelow Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago Law School
Elana ZeideMicrosoft Research Fellow, New York University School of Law, Associate Professor of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law