March 14, 2013 – UF Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium on Media Law

Should false statements of fact be protected under the First Amendment? That was the question at issue in United States v. Alvarez, a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case overturning the Stolen Valor Act, which attempted to criminalize individuals for lying about receiving a military medal. More recently, however, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a new version the Stolen Valor Act, creating penalties for individuals who lie about receiving military medals and profit from their deception.

The UF Journal of Law and Public Policy is honored to present its annual Symposium on this topic, to be hosted Thursday, March 14, 2013, in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center at the UF Levin College of Law.  Panelists include University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor Lyrissa Lidsky; First Amendment/media law attorney Craig D. Feiser, attorney Kristen Rasmussen, who authored the amicus brief presented to the U.S. Supreme Court for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; and Colonel Michael L. Smidt, Staff Judge Advocate of U.S. Special Operations Command.

The event will include a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by a panel discussion beginning at 12 p.m.  It will offer a question and answer session for panel attendees, concluding at 2 p.m.  The event will be free and open to students, professors, practitioners and the public.

This symposium is sponsored by the Florida Free Speech Forum and the American Bar Association Law Student Division at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Please come and hear what these experienced professionals have to say on this controversial issue!

CLE credit will be offered for this event.

  • What: UF Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium on Media Law
  • Topic: U.S. v. Alvarez and the Stolen Valor Act: Should false statements of fact be protected under the First Amendment?
  • When: March 14, 2013
  • Where: Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. reception followed by 12 p.m. panel discussion
  • Honored speakers:
      • Lyrissa Lidsky, University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor
      • Craig D. Feiser, Attorney
      • Colonel Michael L. Smidt, Staff Judge Advocate of U.S. Special Operations Command
      • Kristen Rasmussen, Attorney
  • Sponsored by: Florida Free Speech Forum and the American Bar Association Law Student Division at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

The press release can be seen here.

Published: March 14th, 2013

Category: Past Event

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