Oct. 2, 2012: A representative of the UNC athletic department, The Daily Tar Heel sports editor, a sports law expert, and athletes discuss Carolina’s athletic department and team social media policies, how a ban on tweeting affects media coverage of sports, how other schools and states are addressing this issue and whether UNC policies violate the First Amendment and privacy rights of UNC’s student athletes. Panelists include UNC Associate Athletic Director Paul Pogge; Barbara Osborne, an attorney and associate professor in UNC’s Department of Exercise and Sports Science; Meghan Lyons, a business journalism major and a forward on Carolina’s field hockey team; and DTH sports editor Brandon Moree. The panel is moderated by Roxane Coche, a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who studies sports journalism.
Oct. 1, 2009: This panel discussion between Haley Koch, Nikhil Patel and Hugh Stevens covered the First Amendment issues raised by the protest against former Congressman Tom Tancredo’s speech last spring on campus.
Haley Koch, a UNC senior and activist, was arrested for her role in the protest that prevented Tancredo from speaking in Bingham Hall. The case against Koch was thrown out by a judge on Sept. 14, but as a result of the publicity generated by the charges, Koch has repeatedly been threatened and harassed.
Nikhil Patel is a UNC senior and the president of Youth for Western Civilization, the conservative student group responsible for organizing the Tancredo speech. YWC has struggled to remain a viable campus group since being stigmatized as a white supremacist group by more liberal students; the organization recently lost its faculty adviser for the second time since the Tancredo speech.
Hugh Stevens is a nationally known First Amendment and media lawyer who served as general counsel for the North Carolina Press Association for 20 years and continues to serve as counsel to the North Carolina Press Foundation, the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and several North Carolina newspapers, including The News & Observer. Steven’s interest in the First Amendment began as a student at UNC-CH in the 1960s.
During the discussion each panelist shared his or her perspectives of the Tancredo incident and the First Amendment implications of the protest; the state of free speech on the UNC campus more generally was also discussed during this dialogue. Panelists then participated in a question-and answer-session with members of the audience. The event was organized and moderated by senior journalism and mass communication major Sam Wardle.
Oct. 12, 2013: The Center for Media Law and Policy joined with the First Amendment Law Review to present a symposium that brought together scholars from across the country to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in New York Times v. Sullivan.
The symposium consisted of two panels of First Amendment and media law scholars including:
Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties at Columbia Law School
Bruce Brown, Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Ronald Cass, Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law
Stuart Benjamin, Douglas B. Maggs Chair in Law at Duke Law
George Wright, Michael McCormick Professor of Law at Indiana University
Ashley Messenger, Associate General Counsel for National Public Radio
The event begin with a keynote address from Ken Paulson, President and CEO of the First Amendment Law Center.
Highlights of banned book readings and "Civil Rights Movement Moves the First Amendment" event, during First Amendment Day at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Oct. 1, 2009.
First Amendment Day, a campus-wide, day-long event is designed to both celebrate the First Amendment and explore its role in the lives of Carolina students. Students and others read from banned books, sang banned music and discussed the importance of each of the rights protected by the First Amendment, the need to be tolerant when others exercise their rights and the public university's special role as a marketplace of ideas.
Sep. 27, 2011: Mary-Rose Papandrea, an associate professor in the Boston College School of Law, discussed the new challenges the digital age poses to the First Amendment rights of students and their teachers at public high schools and universities. The Supreme Court has issued a series of decisions in the last few years that are highly protective of First Amendment rights. Among other things, violent video games can be sold to minors, a religious group can say hateful things outside of a funeral, and corporations must be free to make unlimited independent expenditures during political campaigns. But when it comes to students and government employees, the Court has taken a much more limited view of the First Amendment. Professor Papandrea will argue that the Court's decisions in this area are misguided.