Jack M. Balkin was the 20th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecturer. (Photo by Emily Brackman '11)
The Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, Jack M. Balkin, spoke on “The First Amendment is an Information Policy,” during the 20th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression.
Professor Balkin received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cambridge University, and his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and writes political and legal commentary at the weblog Balkinization. Professor Balkin is the founder and director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and the new information technologies, as well as the director of Yale’s Knight Law and Media Program.
His books include Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology; The Constitution in 2020 (with Reva Siegel); Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed., with Brest, Levinson, Amar and Siegel);
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The Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, Jack M. Balkin, will speak on “The First Amendment is an Information Policy,” during the 20th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression. The event will be held at 8 p.m. March 23 in Memorial Chapel.
The annual event is endowed by a gift from Leonard S. Halpert ’44, Esq. Halpert has provided the following commentary:
What are Professor Balkin’s views as to the parameters of freedom of expression, legal as set by the First Amendment, and by societal pressures and norms?
To understand his outlook properly as to the boundaries of free speech, first it seems useful to know his concept of interpreting the Constitution. His views are set forth in articles appearing in law reviews and texts.
“First, we should be faithful to the text of the Constitution, its text, its underlying principles; second, we should understand that the Constitution is a democratic instrument and that we believe in democratic constitutionalism; and the third is that the Constitution
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Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecturer. His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.
Ethics leader and law professor Lawrence Lessig will speak on “Speech and Independence: The Wrongs of Corporate Speech,” during the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression. The event is at 8 p.m. April 7 in Memorial Chapel.
Lessig is professor of law at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. As director, Lessig is leading a five-year project studying “institutional corruption” relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.
Prior to Harvard, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
For much of his career, Lessig has focused his work on law and technology,
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