Skip to main content
Tulane Home Tulane Home

Phelps Lecture

The Ashton Phelps Lecture on First Amendment Law is dedicated to First Amendment law and related fields.

placeholder

Professor Akhil Reed Amar (Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School) delivered the 2017-2018 Phelps Lecture.

History

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.

Past Lecturers 

2018-19

Emily Bazelon
Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine and
Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, Yale Law School

2017-18

Akhil Reed Amar
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science
Yale University

2014-15

Martin H. Redish
Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy
Northwestern University School of Law

2012-13

Lawrence Lessig
Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership
Harvard Law School

2011-12

Rebecca Brown
Newton Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
"Freedom of Speech 2.0"
 

2010-11

Anita L. Allen
Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs
and Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of
Pennsylvania Law School
"Veiled Women in the American Courtroom:
Is the Niqab a Barrier to Justice?"
 

2009-10

Lillian R. Bevier
Former David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School
"Freedom, Fairness, and the F-Word:
Reflections on the Yin and Yang of the First Amendment"
 

2008-09

Lee C. Bollinger
President, Columbia University
Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law
"Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: The Press and Freedom of the Press in the 20th and 21st Centuries"
 

2007-08

Dean Geoffrey R. Stone
Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor,
 The University of Chicago
Former Dean, The University of Chicago
Former Provost, The University of Chicago
"The Roberts Court, Stare Decisis, and the Future of Constitutional Law"
 

2006-07

Professor Keith Werhan
Ashton Phelps Chair of Constitutional Law, Tulane Law School
"Freedom of the Press After 9/11"
 

2004-05

Professor Eugene Volokh
Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
"Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope in Constitutional Discourse"
 

2003-04

Professor Pamela S. Karlan
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School
"No More Tiers: Contemporary Issues in Equal Protection"
 

2002-03

Professor Jack M. Balkin
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law & The First Amendment, Yale Law School
"Free Speecn and Democratic Culture"
 

2001-02

Professor Mark Tushnet
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law,
Harvard Law School
"The Emergence of a New Constitutional Order in the U.S."
 

2000-01

Linda Greenhouse
Former U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent,
New York Times
"Supreme Court Appraisal"
 

1999-2000

Professor L. A. Powe, Jr.
Anne Green Regents Chair in Law and Professor of Government, The
University of Texas School of Law
"What Was the Warren Court?"
 

1998-99

Lawrence G. Sager
 Dean. John Jeffers Research Chair in Law and Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Chair, The University of Texas School of Law

1997-98

Erwin Chemerinsky
Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine
School of Law

1996-97

Professor Robert M. O’Neil
Founding Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, University of Virginia School of Law
"The First Amendment and Cyberspace:
Communications, Decency and Beyond"


Professor Burt Neuborne
New York University School of Law
"One-Dollar, One-Vote:
It's Time to Reconsider Buckley v. Valeo"
 

1995-96

Mary Ann Case
Arnold I. Shure Professor, University of Chicago Law School

R. Kent Greenwalt
University Professor, Columbia University School of Law

Daniel A. Farber
Sato Sho Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

1994-95

Kathryn Abrams
Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Owen M. Fiss
Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School

1993-94

Kenneth L. Karst
David G. Price & Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Vincent Blasi
Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, Columbia University School of Law

Susan H. Williams
Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington)

Steven H. Shiffin
 Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

1992-93

Nadine Strossen
Former President of the ACLU and Professor of Law, New York Law School
"A Feminist Critique of 'The' Feminist Critique of Pornography"


Robert C. Post
 Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Frederick Schauer
 David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Other prior Phelps lecturers include Kathryn Abrams, Vincent Blasi, Mary Ann Case, Erwin Chemerinsky, Daniel Farber, Owen Fiss, Kent Greenawalt, Kenneth Karst, Robert Post, Lawrence Sager, Frederick Shauer, Steven Shiffin, and Susan Williams.