Professor Lidsky joined the faculty of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1994, after clerking for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She currently holds the Stephen C. O’Connell Chair in Law and is Associate Dean for International Programs. She teaches Mass Media Law, First Amendment Law, Torts, Global Cyberlaw (focused on free speech issues) and other courses. Her research focuses on the intersection of Tort Law and the First Amendment, and she is the co-author, with Marc Franklin and David Anderson, of the most widely adopted Mass Media Law casebook in American law schools. She has also co-authored a First Amendment Law casebook and a reference book on Freedom of the Press. Her research on social media includes law review articles in leading journals, with titles such as "Public Forum 2.0," "Incendiary Speech and Social Media," "How Not to Criminalize Cyberbullying," and "Public Forum 2.1: Public Higher Education Institutions and Social Media," all of which are available at the link above. Her research on anonymous speech online has been cited in opinions by state and federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. She blogs at PrawfsBlawg, available at http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/
, and tweets about Communications Law @LidskyLidsky. Professor Lidsky’s scholarship can be found on:
J.D., University of Texas (with high honors
); B.A., Texas A&M University (summa cum laude
); Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University
Teaching and Scholarship
- Torts, Advanced Torts (specializing in Defamation and Invasion of Privacy), Mass Media Law, Internet Speech, Jurisprudence, First Amendment Law and Social Media, Freedom of Speech, Cyberbullying.
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 1994 as Assistant Professor; named Associate Professor (1997-2000), full Professor (since 2000); Associate Dean for Faculty Development (2005-06). University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship (2001-2003; 2005-2007). Chair of Appointments (2006-07). Selected for SECU Academic Leadership Development Program. Chair of Appointments in 2011-13. Leader of Strategic Planning for International Programs (2014-15).
- Teacher of the Year (1996-97, 2002-2003, 2014-2015). Selected three times by students as faculty graduation speaker.
- Selected Organizations: The Florida Bar (since 1994); Professionalism Committee of the Florida Bar 1995-96, 2005-06; Order of the Coif.
- Advisor to numerous student journals and organizations, including the Entertainment Law Review and the Journal of Law & Public Policy.
- Career Highlights: Author of three casebooks (Torts, Mass Media Law and First Amendment Law) and one reference book on freedom of the press. Author of numerous law review articles, several of which have been cited in published court opinions, including the highest courts of Canada and Hong Kong. Speaker at various conferences, including the ABA Forum on Communications Law, the Practicing Law Institute’s annual Communications Law forum, and Florida Bar's annual First Amendment Law Symposium; Abrams Speaker on Cyberbullying at Yale Information Society Project. Testified before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, in hearing entitled "Oath Taking, Truth Telling and Remedies in the Business World."