Clay Calvert, J.D., Ph.D.
Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication - Department of Journalism
Director - Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project
University of the Pacific
Ph.D., Stanford University
Office: 2060 Weimer
Clay Calvert is the Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida.
In Spring 2011, Professor Calvert served as Visiting Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where he taught two sections of Constitutional Law II, covering equal protection, substantive due process and freedom of expression.
Professor Calvert has authored or co-authored more than 120 law journal articles on freedom of expression-related topics – more than anyone else in the history of the AEJMC Law Division – and in 2010 he garnered the Top Faculty Paper award for the Law Division at the AEJMC’s annual convention in Denver. In March 2011, he followed up by winning Top Faculty Paper award for the Law Division at the AEJMC’s Southeast Colloquium in Columbia, SC.
In August 2011, Professor Calvert won the Second Place Faculty Paper for the Law Division at the annual AEJMC conference in St. Louis. He also earned the Distinguished Mentor of Undergraduate Research award in October 2011 as part of the University of Florida's Education Celebration. In March 2013, Professor Calvert won the Top Faculty Paper award for the Law Division at the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium in Tampa, FL. In August 2013, he won the Second Place Faculty Paper award for the Law Division at the annual AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C.
In March 2014, Calvert won Top Faculty Paper for the Law Division at the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium in Gainesville, Fla. In August 2014, he garnered the Third Place Faculty Paper award for the Law Division at the annual AEJMC conference in Montreal.
Calvert’s winning ways continued in 2015. In April of that year, he won Top Faculty Paper, along with co-author Matthew D. Bunker of the University of Alabama, in the Law Division’s open competition at the annual Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas. In addition, Calvert earned the Top Faculty Paper award for the Law Division at the annual AEJMC conference in San Francisco in August 2015.
Professor Calvert is co-author, along with Don R. Pember, of the market-leading undergraduate media law textbook, Mass Media Law, 19th ed. (McGraw-Hill), and is author of the book Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture (Westview Press, 2000).
He blogs regularly at the Huffington Post on free speech issues, and is a periodic columnist for the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center website.
He received his J.D. with Great Distinction in 1991 from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law and then earned a Ph.D. in 1996 in Communication from Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in Communication in 1987. He is a member of both the State Bar of California and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Syllabi from the current and three previous semesters:
Communications Law, First Amendment Law, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Mass Media Law.
Publications and Conference Papers
- Calvert, C. (2013). Fringes of Free Expression: Testing the Meaning of “Speech” Amid Shifting Mores and Changing Technologies. Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, 22 (3), 545 – 590.
- Calvert, C. (2013). A Familial Privacy Right Over Death Images: Critiquing the Internet-Propelled Emergence of a Nascent Constitutional Right that Preserves Happy Memories and Emotions. Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 40 (3), 475 – 523.
- Calvert, C., & Bunker, M.D. (2013). An “Actual Problem” in First Amendment Jurisprudence? Examining the Immediate Impact of Brown’s Proof-of-Causation Doctrine on Free Speech and Its Compatibility with the Marketplace Theory. Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal, 35 (3), 391 – 428.
- Bunker, M.D., & Calvert, C. (2013). Could Wild Horses Drag Access Away From Courtrooms? Expanding First Amendment Rights To New Pastures. Communication Law and Policy, 18 (3), 247 – 264.
Communications Law, First Amendment Law, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Mass Media Law