Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Journalism, Technology, and Gender in the Trump Era

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Baker Hall - Room A005

Journalism, Technology, and Gender in the Trump Era

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Film Screening & Workshop with Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

4:00PM to 7:00PM

Levinson Auditorium & Room 121

Join VLP on Feb. 23rd for a screening of The Law in These Parts, followed by a Q&A/dinner and workshop session with award-winning filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz.

Monday, February 27, 2017


Poynter Speaker: Jeff Horwitz, DC Investigative Reporter, AP

12:00PM to 1:30PM

Room 127

The past and future of Trump reporting: Donald Trump has been the subject of serious print coverage for a little over a year and a half. In that time there's been some great journalism, some dodgy calls and plenty of head-scratching over which is which. As part of the AP team responsible for vetting candidate Trump, Jeff Horwitz talks about that coverage and the challenges of investigating the Trump administration. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Ubiquitous DNA Forensics and Cross-Kingdom Clues: The Evisceration of Molecular Privacy

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Baker Hall A005

Recent advancements and utilization of genetic technologies, concomitant with new computational prediction tools, have greatly attenuated a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy. This is partly due to newfound abilities to discover a “molecular echo” of an individual’s genetic state simply from cells deposited on public surfaces. Nucleic acid remnants can now be linked to at least eleven phenotypes including ancestry, facial features, age, identity, cell type, environmental history, geospatial localization, obesity, presence of a disease or infection, circadian rhythm, and gestational status. Cross-kingdom genetic and metagenomic forensics, high-resolution genetic ancestry, and personally-linked molecular data can be determined by these eleven phenotypes, thereby creating an unprecedented ability to infer personal details from microscopic biological material left behind on a public surface. These methods now create an easy means for tracking individuals and also new, surreptitious means of genetic discrimination, underscoring the need for updated laws and policies to protect genetic rights and liberties in the post-genome era.

Friday, March 31, 2017


We Robot 2017

(All day)

Room 127

Registration is required via EventBrite; attendance is free.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


General Counsel as Public Policy Advocate

12:10PM to 1:00PM

Baker Hall A005

Engaging with—and influencing—public policy is increasingly a core part of even small companies' businesses. And where startups and other growing companies aren't yet large or established enough to have dedicated policy departments, the job of government relations and public policy management often falls to the in-house legal team. This talk will explore the ways general counsels can make their mark on topics ranging from regulatory issues to national constitutional questions, and use the in-house legal platform to have an impact far beyond the company's walls. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017


First Amendment Salon: Floyd Abrams on the Soul of the First Amendment

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Room 120

Conversation with Floyd Abrams on The Soul of the First Amendment

Floyd Abrams, a noted lawyer and award-winning legal scholar specializing in First Amendment issues, examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than is the case anywhere else in the world.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


It’s Too Complicated: How the Internet Upends Katz, Smith, and Electronic Surveillance Law with Susan Landau

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Room 128

It’s Too Complicated: How the Internet Upends Katz, Smith, and Electronic Surveillance Law with Susan Landau, Professor of Cybersecurity Policy

Saturday, April 29, 2017


FESC V: Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference

(All day)

Room 129

Call for Abstracts and Participants: Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression invites applications to participate in the fifth annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC). The conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut from April 28 – 30, 2017. We ask all those interested in presenting a paper or commenting on a paper to respond by February 24, 2017.