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Weinstein pens chapter in new First Amendment book

December 02, 2011

A chapter by James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law at the College of Law, has been published in First Amendment Stories, edited by Richard Garnett and Andrew Koppelman (Foundation Press).

In “The Story of Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten: Judge Learned Hand, First Amendment Prophet,” Weinstein explores the historical, political and legal context of one of the few decisions that upheld the right to protest America’s involvement in World War I. He further discusses how Hand’s masterful opinion in that case presciently anticipates several key themes in contemporary free speech doctrine.

For more information about the book, click here.

Weinstein’s areas of academic interest are Constitutional Law, especially Free Speech, as well as Jurisprudence and Legal History. He is co-editor of Extreme Speech and Democracy (Oxford University Press 2009, paperback edition 2010); the author of Hate Speech, Pornography and the Radical Attack on Free Speech Doctrine (Westview Press 1999); and has written numerous articles in law review symposia on a variety of free speech topics, including: free speech theory, obscenity doctrine, institutional review boards, commercial speech, database protection, campaign finance reform, the relationship between free speech and other constitutional rights, hate crimes, and campus speech codes. Weinstein has litigated several significant free speech cases, primarily on behalf of the Arizona Civil Liberties Union. Earlier in his career, he wrote several influential articles on the history of personal jurisdiction and its implication for modern doctrine.