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The Phelps Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1992 to honor Ashton Phelps, Sr.. Mr. Phelps was a distinguished Tulane Law School graduate (L'37), who practiced law at Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie and Sims, served as Publisher of The Times-Picayune and as Vice Chairman of Tulane's Board of Administrators. The Lecture operates under the direction of the Ashton Phelps Chair of Constitutional Law, established in 1983, by the S.I. Newhouse Foundation and The Times-Picayune. The Phelps Lecture is dedicated to First Amendment law and related fields, because of Mr. Phelps' lifelong activities as a newspaper attorney and newspaper publisher.

Ashton Phelps Lecture on First Amendment Law 

Phelps Lecture Program
2011-12 Phelps Lecture:
"Freedom of Speech 2.0"
Rebecca Brown

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Phelps Lecturers 

2011-12 Rebecca Brown
Newton Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
"Freedom of Speech 2.0" 
2010-11 Anita L. Allen
Deputy Dean and Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"Veiled Women in the American Courtroom:  Is the Niqab a Barrier to Justice?"
2009-10 Lillian R. Bevier
David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University Of Virginia Law School
"Freedom, Fairness, and the F-Word:  Reflections on the Yin and Yang of the First Amendment" 
2008-09 Lee C. Bollinger
President, Columbia University;
Professor of Law
"Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: The Press and Freedom of the Press in the 20th and 21st Centuries"
2007-08 Dean Geoffrey R. Stone
Harry Kalven, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago
"The Roberts Court, Stare Decisis, and the Future of Constitutional Law" 
2006-07 Professor Keith Werhan
Ashton Phelps Chair of Constitutional Law, Tulane Law School
"Freedom of the Press After 9/11"
2004-05 Professor Eugene Volokh
Garu T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
"Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope in Constitutional Discourse"
2003-04 Professor Pamela S. Karlan
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School
"No More Tiers: Contemporary Issues in Equal Protection"
2002-03 Professor Jack M. Balkin
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law & The First Amendment, Yale Law School
"Free Speecn and Democratic Culture"
2001-02 Professor Mark Tushnet
The Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University Law Center
"The Emergence of a New Constitutional Order in the U.S."
2000-01 Linda Greenhouse
U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times
"Supreme Court Appraisal"
1999-2000 Professor L. A. Scot Powe, Jr.
Anne Green Regents Chair, University of Texas
"What Was the Warren Court?"
1996-97 Professor Robert M. O’Neil
Founding Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, University of Virginia School of Law
"The First Amendment and Cyberspace:  Communications, Decency and Beyond"
1996-97 Professor Burt Neuborne
New York University School of Law
"One-Dollar, One-Vote:  It's Time to Reconsider Buckley v. Valeo"
1992-93 Nadine Strossen
President of the ACLU and Professor of Law, New York Law School
"A Feminist Critique of 'The' Feminist Critique of Pornography"

Other prior Phelps lecturers include Kathryn Abrams, Vincent Blasi, Mary Ann Case, Erwin Chemerinsky, Daniel Farber, Owen Fiss, Kent Greenawalt, Kenneth Karst, Robert Post, Lawrence Sager, Frederick Shauer, Steven Shiffin, and Susan Williams.


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