September 16, 2013
Abrams Institute Celebrates Constitution Day with Floyd Abrams Book Talk
In honor of Constitution Day, the Yale Information Society Project will host an event Tuesday, September 17 featuring a talk by Floyd Abrams '60 on journalists and national security. The talk will draw on writings from Abram’s new book, Friend of the Court. It will take place at 12 p.m. in Room 122 at Yale Law School.
Floyd Abrams is one of the premier First Amendment lawyers in the country who has won numerous awards for his work. Throughout his rich and illustrious career, Abrams has spearheaded vital debates about the First Amendment, spanning across multiple forms of media. His book is a compilation and exploration of issues such as censorship and national security. Friend of the Court includes articles Abrams has written for the New York Times, testimony he has delivered before congressional committees, lectures in foreign locations such as Kuala Lumpur, as well as his frequent television interviews.
Abrams has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has also taught courses at Yale Law School, including First Amendment law.
Tuesday’s talk is presented by The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School, which was founded by Abrams. The Institute's mission is both practical and scholarly. It includes a clinic for Yale Law students to engage in litigation, draft model legislation, and advise lawmakers and policy makers on issues of media freedom and informational access. It promotes scholarship and law reform on emerging questions concerning both traditional and new media. The Institute also holds scholarly conferences and events at Yale on First Amendment issues and on related issues of access to information, Internet and media law, telecommunications, privacy, and intellectual property.