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I'm delighted to report that Floyd Abrams—likely the top First Amendment lawyer of his generation—will be guest-blogging next week with material from his new book, "The Soul of the First Amendment" (Yale University Press, 2017). Abrams has argued many Supreme Court cases, from the Pentagon Papers case to Citizens United; and he has taught at Yale Law School, at Columbia Law School and for 15 years as the William J. Brennan Jr. visiting professor of First Amendment law at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Here's the publisher's summary:
A lively and controversial overview by the nation's most celebrated First Amendment lawyer of the unique protections for freedom of speech in America
The right of Americans to voice their beliefs without government approval or oversight is protected under what may well be the most honored and least understood addendum to the US Constitution—the First Amendment. Floyd Abrams, a noted lawyer and award-winning legal scholar specializing in First Amendment issues, examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than is the case anywhere else in the world, including democratic nations such as Canada and England. In this lively, powerful, and provocative work, the author addresses legal issues from the adoption of the Bill of Rights through recent cases such as Citizens United. He also examines the repeated conflicts between claims of free speech and those of national security occasioned by the publication of classified material such as was contained in the Pentagon Papers and was made public by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.
I much look forward to Abrams's posts.