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2012 Phelps Lecture on First Amendment Law presents Prof. Rebecca Brown on “Freedom of Speech 2.0”

January 17, 2012

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Nationally renowned constitutional law scholar Rebecca Brown, of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, will present “Freedom of Speech 2.0” at this year’s Phelps Lecture held Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.  
The 2012 Ashton Phelps Lecture on First Amendment Law is pleased to present "nationally recognized constitutional law theorist" Rebecca Latham Brown, Newton Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, who will speak on “Freedom of Speech 2.0.” This year’s lecture will be held Wednesday, February 8, at 5 p.m. in room 110 of Tulane University Law School’s John Giffen Weinmann Hall (6329 Freret Street). A reception will follow in the Berkett Multipurpose Room.

Brown, whose scholarship focuses on judicial review and its relationship to individual liberty under the U.S. Constitution, received her B.A. from St. John’s College (Annapolis, Md.) and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III. Brown also worked in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced with Onek, Klein & Farr in Washington, D.C. From 1988 to 2008, she was a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, where she held the Allen Chair in Law from 2003 until her departure.

Brown recently published “How Constitutional Theory Found Its Soul: The Contributions of Ronald Dworkin,” in Exploring Law’s Empire (Hershovitz ed., Oxford University Press 2006), “The Logic of Majority Rule” (Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 2006), and “Confessions of a Flawed Liberal” (The Good Society 2005). She serves as co-chair of the American Constitution Society’s Constitution in the 21st Century Project. A complete listing of her publications may be found here  on USC’s website

The Phelps Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1992 to honor Ashton Phelps Sr. Mr. Phelps was a distinguished Tulane Law School graduate (L ’37), who practiced law at Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie and Sims, served as Publisher of The Times-Picayune and as Vice Chairman of Tulane's Board of Administrators. The Lecture operates under the direction of the Ashton Phelps Chair of Constitutional Law, established in 1983, by the S.I. Newhouse Foundation and The Times-Picayune. The Phelps Lecture is dedicated to First Amendment law and related fields, because of Mr. Phelps’ lifelong activities as a newspaper attorney and newspaper publisher.

Biographical Source: USC ǀ Law. " Faculty: Who We Are ." University of Southern California Gould School of Law. (2012) Retrieved 17 January 2012.  


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