Freedom of Speech on Campus? A Conversation with Floyd Abrams

Speaker: Floyd Abrams
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, Mr. 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 Senator 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 Senator 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.

Parking will be available in the University Center Garage, on the corner of Polk and 1st Street ($3/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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Downtown Phoenix campus
Arizona PBS Studios, 6th Floor, Cronkite Building
Melissa Castle-Kirincic
Floyd Abrams