Clay Calvert, J.D., Ph.D.
Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication - Department of Journalism
Director - Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project
Office: 2060 Weimer
Communications Law, First Amendment Law, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Mass Media Law.
University of the Pacific
Ph.D., Stanford University
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:
Calvert, C., Tobin, C.D., & Bunker, M.D. (2016). Newsgathering Takes Flight in Choppy Skies: Legal Obstacles Affecting Journalistic Drone Use. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, 26 in press
Calvert, C. (2016). Protecting the Public from Itself: Paternalism and Irony in Defining Newsworthiness. New England Law Review, 50 (2), in press
Bunker, M.D., & Calvert, C. (2016). “Defamation Live”: The Confusing Legal Landscape of Republication in Live Broadcasting and a Call for a “Breaking News Doctrine.” Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, 40 in press
Calvert, C. (2015). The First Amendment Right to Record Images of Police in Public Places: The Unreasonable Slipperiness of Reasonableness & Possible Paths Forward. Texas A&M Law Review, 3 (1), 131 – 178.
Calvert, C. (2015). Difficulties and Dilemmas Regarding Defamatory Meaning in Ethnic Micro-Communities: Accusations of Communism, Then and Now. University of Louisville Law Review, 54 (1), in press
Calvert, C., Morehart, E., Billaud, K., & Bruckenstein, B. (2015). Access to Information About Lethal Injections: A First Amendment Theory Perspective on Creating a New Constitutional Right. Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal, 38 (1), in press
Calvert, C. (2015). Content-Based Confusion and Panhandling: Muddling a Weathered First Amendment Doctrine Takes Its Toll on Society’s Less Fortunate. Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, 18 (3), 249 – 289, available at: http://rjolpi.richmond.edu/archive/Calvert_Formatted.pdf
Calvert, C. (2015). Legal Lessons in On-Stage Character Development: Comedians, Characters, Cable Guys & Copyright Convolutions. Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, 4 (1), 12 – 37, available at: http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/bjesl/vol4/iss1/2/
Calvert, C., & Bunker, M.D. (2015). Know Your Audience: Risky Speech at the Intersection of Meaning and Value in First Amendment Jurisprudence. Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, 35 (2), 141 – 210.
Calvert, C. (2014). Public Concern and Outrageous Speech: Testing the Inconstant Boundaries of IIED and the First Amendment Three Years After Snyder v. Phelps. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, 17 (2), 437 – 478.
Calvert, C., Morehart, E., & Papadelias, S. (2014). Rap Music and the True Threats Quagmire: When Does One Man’s Lyric Become Another’s Crime? Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, 38 (1), 1 – 27 (2014), available at: http://lawandarts.org/articles/rap-music-and-the-true-threats-quagmire-when-does-one-mans-lyric-become-anothers-crime/
Calvert, C., Minchin, M., & Morehart, E. (2014). Gruesome Images, Shocking Speech and Harm to Minors: Judicial Pushback Against the First Amendment After Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association? Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, 13 (2), 127 – 166.
Calvert, C., Axelrod, D., Papadelias, S., & Riedemann, L. (2014). Bag Men and the Ghost of Richard Jewell: Some Legal and Ethical Lessons About Implied Defamation, Headlines and Reporting on Breaking Criminal Activity From Barhoum v. NYP Holdings. Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal, 36 (2), 407 – 449.
Calvert, C. (2014). The Future of the Press and Privacy. Communication Law and Policy, 19 (1), 119 – 128 Clay Calvert Dec. 1, 2015 3
Calvert, C. (2014). Revenge Porn and Freedom of Expression: Legislative Pushback to an Online Weapon of Emotional and Reputational Destruction. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, 24 (3), 673 – 702.
Calvert, C., Morehart, E., & Papadelias, S. (2014). Plausible Pleading & Media Defendant Status: Fulfilled Promises, Unfinished Business in Libel Law on the Golden Anniversary of Sullivan. Wake Forest Law Review, 49 (1), 47 – 86.
Calvert, C., Carnley, K., Link, B., & Riedemann, L. (2014). Conversion Therapy and Free Speech: A Doctrinal and Theoretical First Amendment Analysis. William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, 20 (3), 525 – 571.
Bunker, M.D., & Calvert, C. (2014). The Jurisprudence of Transformation: Intellectual Incoherence and Doctrinal Murkiness Twenty Years After Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music. Duke Law and Technology Review, 12 (1), 92 – 128, available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1248&context=dltr
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