Freedom of Speech on Campus? A Conversation with Floyd Abrams

This conversation will feature Floyd Abrams, a prominent First Amendment lawyer and author; Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; Columbia University.

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, College and Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, is honored to sponsor a conversation with Floyd Abrams focusing on freedom of speech on college campuses. It is the first event in the 2017-2018 lecture series on Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education and American Society, which is co-sponsored by Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. For more than half a century, Abrams has defended the First Amendment. Don't miss your opportunity to be in the room as he provides insight on this highly charged issue facing today's college campuses.

“We are delighted to have such a prominent national leader on First Amendment issues to launch this series,” said professor Paul Carrese, director of ASU's new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. “The goal of this year-long series is to convene leading experts on free speech and intellectual diversity in education and leaders in American civic life to explore the heated debates and clashes in higher education about free discourse, civility, diversity and inclusion. These events advance the school’s mission to revive the crucial link between civic education and liberal education in America in order to prepare thoughtful leaders for civil society and for public service.”

Abrams has argued frequently before the Supreme Court in a large number of its most significant First Amendment cases. He was co-counsel to The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case; counsel to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in its legal battles with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; counsel to Sen. Mitch McConnell and the National Association of Broadcasters in a First Amendment-rooted challenge to the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation; counsel to Sen. McConnell in the Citizens United case; and counsel to many journalists, including Judith Miller and Myron Farber, who sought to protect the identity of their confidential sources. He has represented The Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Time Magazine, Business Week, The Nation, Reader's Digest, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and numerous other clients in trials and appeals. 

Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE) is available with this event. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility. CLE participants should register HERE.

The event will be filmed by Arizona PBS. Please be aware that by attending the event, you consent to your voice, name and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films and tapes in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release Arizona State University, its successors, assigns and licensees from any liability whatsover of any nature. 

Parking will be available in the University Center garage, on the corner of Polk and First Street ($3 per hour).

For more information about the newly established School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, please visit For questions about this event, email or call 480-965-0155.

School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Melissa Castle-Kirincic
Sep 12 2017 - 6:00pm
Cronkite Building, Arizona PBS Studios, Sixth floor, Downtown Phoenix campus
Downtown Phoenix campus