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Free expression specialist Amy Gajda named Class of 1937 Professor

July 21, 2016

2016 Gajda Class of 1937 Prof

Amy Gajda, a leading expert on the intersection of privacy and media law, has been appointed to Tulane Law’s Class of 1937 Professorship.

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

Tulane Law School has appointed Amy Gajda, an internationally leading expert on the intersection of privacy and media law, to the Class of 1937 Professorship.

Gajda is a frequent analyst on free expression and privacy issues. She also is a prolific writer: during 2015-16, she published three articles, two book chapters, two co-authored casebooks and her second book with Harvard University Press, The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press. Her book was the subject of the New England Law Review’s Spring 2016 Symposium. 

A former journalist, she also has written essays on the clash of press and privacy rights in The New York Times, Slate and the New York Daily News, and her comments on the subject have appeared in many media outlets, including Wired, the Guardian, CBS This Morning, Australian radio and Japanese television.

Gajda has presented her scholarship at more than 30 venues, including Clare College, Cambridge; the University of Melbourne; the University of Paris I; the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain; the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia; and law schools including Notre Dame, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas, Washington University and Yale. The 2013 graduating class chose her for the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award.

Gajda joined the Tulane Law faculty from the University of Illinois in 2010. She has chaired the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Defamation and Privacy and its Section on Mass Communication, and led the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Class of 1937 Professorship honors one of Tulane Law’s most colorful and accomplished classes, which included the late U.S. House Majority Leader Hale Boggs and Deutsch Kerrigan partner Marian Mayer Berkett, the first woman lawyer hired by a law firm in Louisiana. Both were inaugural inductees into the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame.


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