Fake News and the First Amendment

Mark Verstraete and I are at a great symposium on Fake News and the First Amendment, run by UNC-Chapel Hill’s First Amendment Law Review. We will have a draft of our article available soon – for now, here’s a link to our white paper on fake news. Many thanks to Mary-Rose Papandrea, David Ardia, and […]

Come See The Slants at Arizona Law!

The Slants – fresh off their win at the Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam – are coming to Arizona Law! You’re invited both to Simon Tam’s talk about his experience litigating over whether the band’s name could be registered as a mark, and also to their concert. Details below. When: Tuesday, 12 September 2017 […]

Product-Defining Speech

The state of Florida requires all milk sold in the state to contain Vitamin A. Thus, skim milk products, which have most of the naturally-occurring Vitamin A skimmed off with the cream, has to be fortified with added Vitamin A in order to meet Florida’s standards. This was a problem for the Ocheesee Creamery, which […]

Identifying and Countering Fake News: New Study Published

Fake news has become a controversial topic, with media organizations, scholars, and even the President of the United States debating the issue. However, it’s not clear what counts as “fake news.” This makes it difficult to diagnose the social harms from fake news, or to create solutions to them. A new report, “Identifying and Countering […]

The Slants Visit Arizona Law

The Slants – the first and only Asian-American dance rock band in the world, and Supreme Court litigants in Lee v. Tam – are coming to Tucson! Founder and bassist Simon Tam will give a public talk at 12:00PM on Thursday, April 6, and the band will perform a concert at 7:30PM. Both events are at the […]

Graduate Research Fellow in Privacy and Freedom of Speech – Apply!

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law welcomes applications for a graduate research fellowship beginning in October / November 2016 and ending in summer / fall 2017. The Fellow will work with Professors Derek Bambauer and Jane Bambauer on a series of projects related to privacy, transparency, and free speech, including a major research […]

Still Not a Dump Truck: Net Neutrality and the First Amendment

The D.C. Circuit’s decision in U.S. Telecom Assn. v. FCC came down yesterday. To the delight of net neutrality fans and dismay of many big ISPs, the court held 2-1 that the FCC’s reclassification of broadband under Title II was permissible as a matter of statutory, administrative, and constitutional law. I’m still digesting the first […]

Signs, Sex, and Strict Scrutiny

In the latest installment of the Porn Wars, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has, upon rehearing, remanded a challenge to the age verification provisions of 18 U.S.C. 2257 / 2257A, with instructions that the district court should apply strict scrutiny in its First Amendment analysis. Perhaps strict scrutiny is not fatal in fact, but […]

Watch “Is Free Speech for Assholes?”

The panel discussion from the Speech Holes conference is now available online, where First Amendment scholars grapple with the age-old question, “Is Free Speech for Assholes?“

Information Libertarianism

Jane and I have a new article coming out in volume 105 of California Law Review, titled Information Libertarianism. Here’s the abstract: Recent First Amendment precedent is widely attacked as unprincipled: a deregulatory judicial agenda disguised as free speech protection. The scholarly consensus is mistaken. Descriptively, free speech protections scrutinize only information regulation, usefully pushing […]