June 2 Tuesday

5th Annual Commercial Speech and First Amendment VIRTUAL conference

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 8:30AM - 3:30PM
  • Zoom
  • Open To The Public
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The Fifth Annual Commercial Speech and the First Amendment Conference is ready for registration.  It is a virtual conference via Zoom, offering the opportunity to ask questions and engage with our panelists.  We look forward to your joining us.  We plan to take questions through the chat function on Zoom. We also plan to release the conference video of the event and will need all attendees to sign a release form. The form will be sent to registered attendees prior to the start of the conference.  Times below are approximate.  An updated schedule will be sent out closer to the event date.

Please do register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-abrams-institute-commercial-speech-and-the-first-amendment-tickets-101741495552

8:45 - 9:00          Welcome and Introduction

9:00 - 10:30        The Future of Commercial Speech


Robert Post – Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

Beth Brinkman – Partner, Covington, Washington, DC


Amanda Shanor - Assistant Professor, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

10:30 - 10:45     Break   

10:45 - 11:45     Regulating Political Advertising Online:

In wake of the 2016 election, states are getting more aggressive in regulating online political advertising, including by trying to shift some of the disclosure and record-keeping burdens onto the media platforms that host political ads, as opposed to just the advertisers themselves.  The Fourth Circuit recently held that Maryland’s attempt to do so was unconstitutional.  What are the boundaries of the state’s power to require disclosures under the First Amendment?


Richard H. Pildes – Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU Law School, New York, NY

Daniel I. Weiner – Deputy Director, Election Reform Program, Brennan Center for Justice, Washington, DC

Allen Dickerson – Legal Director, Institute For Free Speech, Washington, DC


Paul Safier – Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia, PA

12:00-12:30       Lunch Break

12:30-1:15          From Across the Atlantic:  A heads-up on what EU Influence to anticipate on the U.S. Internet Law, Policy and Practice

Remy Chavannes – Partner, Brinkhof, Amsterdam, NL

1:30 – 2:45         Digital Media, Algorithms, & The First Amendment


Jack Balkin - Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

Nathaniel Gleicher - Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook, San Francisco, CA

 Nathanial Persily - James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA


Alex Abdo – Litigation Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, New York, NY

2:45-3:45            Milk from Nuts.  Burgers from Soybeans.  Can the states regulate what you call them?

As alternative food products have grown in popularity, states have passed laws limiting what such products can be named. These laws’ proponents view them as promoting truth in labeling, but opponents see a violation of First Amendment rights.


Sarah Roller – Partner, Kelley Drye and Chair of Food and Drug Law practice, Washington, DC

Justin Pearson – Florida Office Managing Attorney, Institute for Justice, Miami, FL


Brendan Healey, Partner, Baron Harris Healey, Chicago, IL

Jonah Knobler, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, New York, NY

CLE credit is pending.

Hosted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

With additional sponsors:  Ballard Spahr LLPa, Baron Harris Healey, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Charles Koch Institute










Sponsoring Organization(s)

Abrams,  ISP