Defining the Proper Limits of Campus Speech: A Discussion with Erwin Chemerinsky and Robert Post

Apr. 18, 2024
5:00PM - 6:00PM
SLB Room 128
Open to the YLS Community Only

Please join ACS for a discussion between Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and former Dean Robert Post on the regulation of campus speech. The panelists will present differing frameworks for defining limits on campus speech, especially in campus open spaces. There will be a short audience Q&A before concluding remarks. This discussion will be moderated by Professor James Weinstein. 

Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. From 2008 to 2017, he served as the founding Dean of UC Irvine School of Law. Prior to that, he held positions at Duke University, the University of Southern California, and the DePaul University College of Law. Dean Chemerinsky is a prominent writer of casebooks, treatises, law review articles, and opinion pieces in constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction. He has argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court, and in 2016 he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his B.S. at Northwestern University and his J.D. at Harvard Law School.

Robert C. Post '77 is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He served as the School's 16th dean from 2009 until 2017. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the UC Berkeley School of Law, and clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge David L. Bazelon and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor Post is a scholar of constitutional law, and has written extensively on the First Amendment. He is a member of the American Law Institute, where he is drafting the Third Restatement of Torts on Defamation and Privacy. He is a fellow of both the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his A.B. at Harvard University, his J.D. at Yale Law School, and his Ph.D. in History of American Civilization at Harvard University.

James Weinstein is the Dan Cracchiolo Chair in Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science, Yale University, where he is teaching a course on free speech on campus, and a Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and clerked for Chief Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The two panelists will be joining us on Zoom. Audience members may also join on Zoom. Dinner will be provided for in-person attendees. 

Sponsoring Organization(s)

The Yale Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

The Information Society Project [ISP]