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Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment featuring Professor Eugene Volokh, UCLA

Monday, October 16

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, room 1001, King Hall
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LECTURE at 4:00; RECEPTION at 5:00.

UC Davis School of Law is pleased to announce the eighth annual Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment with Eugene Volokh of UCLA.

"Libel and Invasion of Privacy in the Internet Age"

Without much fanfare, courts, legislatures, and online companies such as Google have been adapting the law of libel and invasion of privacy to the Internet era – and the adaptations are surprising. Criminal libel law, long thought to be largely dead, has survived in some states and is being revived in others. Invasions of privacy, long thought to be a matter for the civil liability system, are becoming criminalized. Injunctions in libel cases, long thought to be unconstitutional, are now routine. Google and other companies are removing material from the Internet based on court orders, which has yielded shocking examples of outright forgeries and frauds aimed at manipulating the system.

The substantive First Amendment rules for the Internet are well-settled, and broadly speech-protective. But the procedures used to enforce the substantively permissible speech restrictions – such as libel law – are rapidly changing, in ways that few people have noticed.

About the lecturer: Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, tort law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, and a First Amendment amicus brief clinic at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy. Before coming to UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

About the lecture series: The Central Valley Foundation and UC Davis School of Law have established the Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture to promote discussion and understanding of First Amendment issues. Professor Volokh's lecture will be the eighth in a series.

The Central Valley Foundation (CVF) was established by the late James B. McClatchy, publisher of The McClatchy Company newspapers from 1987 to 2005. CVF supports organizations and education programs dedicated to: the protection and promotion of First Amendment rights; the advancement of academic achievement of English Learners at public K-12 schools in California's Central Valley; and the enhancement and preservation of quality of life in the Central Valley.

MCLE credit (1 hour) available


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