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Gajda’s First Amendment book featured at New England Law

February 10, 2016


Tulane Law Professor Amy Gajda, who’s being featured at a New England Law Review symposium Feb. 11, is shown interviewing Wall Street Journal reporter Jess Bravin on covering the U.S. Supreme Court.

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer 

Tulane Law Professor Amy Gajda’s book The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press is featured at the New England Law Review's Spring 2016 Symposium on Feb. 11 in Boston.

In the book, Gajda explores judicial oversight of journalists’ news judgment. She argues that new-media outlets that push the envelope of traditional privacy are also pushing the law in directions that threaten free-speech rights.

Published by Harvard University Press in 2015, Gajda’s book has generated discussion in both legal and journalism circles and was featured in a program at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 

Having worked as a broadcast journalist before turning to law, Gajda brings a keen eye to shifting media conceptions of “newsworthiness” and to changes in the ways judges view the press.

In a review, University of Chicago Law Professor David Strauss wrote that The First Amendment Bubble “is very useful because it gives a sense of what is going on in the day-to-day world of litigation and media practice.”

Gajda’s scholarship puts her at the forefront of a rapidly developing field of law, and she has been invited to present her work at privacy law conferences at Cambridge University, the Sorbonne and the University of Melbourne, as well as in back-to-back years at the Internet and Television Expo, the leading trade show for the cable television and digital media industry.

At the New England Law Review event, set for 4 p.m., Gajda will be keynote speaker, and commentary will be provided by Professor Clay Calvert from the University of Florida and Associate Professor Sonja R. West from University of Georgia Law. The symposium is sponsored by the New England First Amendment Coalition.

Gajda also is scheduled to speak about her book to the Beverly Hills Bar Association on March 7 and to Tulane Law alumni in Los Angeles the following day.


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