Graduate Student Directory

Austin Vining

Ph.D.
Law

Office: 2019 Weimer Phone: 352-273-1636 Email: avining@ufl.edu Twitter: @acvining

Bio

Austin Vining is a joint JD/Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Florida and graduate research fellow with the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project. He serves as an editor for the Florida Law Review and as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Independent Florida Alligator, the nation's largest student-run newspaper.

Previously, Austin was a legal intern at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the United States Senate. He also worked professionally as a journalist for community daily newspapers in Mississippi. His work garnered awards from the Mississippi Press Association, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors.

Awards and Honors

Frank L. Malony Outstanding Law Review Candidate, Florida Law Review, 2019.

James R. Cleary Prize for Student Media and Policy Research, Center for Media Law & Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019.

Graduate Student Research Award, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, 2018.

Top Student Paper, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, 2017.

Top Student Paper, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, 2017.

Education

University of Florida Doctoral Advisor: Dr. Clay Calvert, Stanford University

Master of Arts, Journalism – The University of Mississippi
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism – Louisiana Tech University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – Louisiana Tech University

News

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Vining, A., Calvert, C., & Hampton, A. (2019). Defamation Per Se and Transgender Status: When Macro-Level Value Judgments About Equality Trump Micro-Level Reputational Injury. Tennessee Law Review, 85, 1029.

Vining, A., Calvert, C., Zarate, S., & Hampton, A. (2019). Fake News and the First Amendment: Reconciling a Disconnect Between Theory and Doctrine. University of Cincinnati Law Review, 86, 99.

Vining, A. (2019). No Means No: An Argument for the Expansion of Rape Shield Laws to Cases of Nonconsensual Pornography. William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice, 25, 303.

Vining, A., & Calvert, C. (2018). Filtering Fake News Through a Lens of Supreme Court Observations and Adages. First Amendment Law Review, 16, 153.

Vining, A., Calvert, C., & Zarate, S. (2017). Reining in Internet-Age Expansion of Exemption 7(C): Towards a Tort Law Approach for Ferreting Out Legitimate Privacy Concerns and Unwarranted Intrusions Under FOIA. Southern Methodist University Law Review, 70, 225.

Presentations

Vining, A., & Calvert, C. (2018). Filtering Fake News Through a Lens of Supreme Court Observations and Adages. Other at Distorting the Truth: ‘Fake News’ & Free Speech, Chapel Hill, NC.

Vining, A., & Hampton, A. (2018). Defamation Per Se and Transgender Status: When Macro-Level Value Judgments About Equality Trump Micro-Level Reputational Injury. Paper/Poster at Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Vining, A. (2018). No Means No: An Argument for the Expansion of Rape Shield Laws to Cases of Nonconsensual Pornography. Paper/Poster at Southeast Colloquium, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Vining, A., McNeff, S., & Zarate, S. (2017). Fake News and the First Amendment: Reconciling a Disconnect Between Theory and Doctrine. Paper/Poster at Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Vining, A. (2017). Removing the Wool: Rethinking the Miller Test 40 Years Later. Paper/Poster at Florida Society for the Social Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Vining, A., & Zarate, S. (2017). Reining in Internet-Age Expansion of Exemption 7(C): Towards a Tort Law Approach for Ferreting Out Legitimate Privacy Concerns and Unwarranted Intrusions Under FOIA. Paper/Poster at Southeast Colloquium, Fort Worth, TX.

Research

Specialization

First Amendment, Defamation, Trademark Law, Privacy Law, FOIA, Fake News, Shield Laws, Anti-Masking Laws, Rap Music, Nonconsensual Pornography, Teen Sexting

Courses

MMC 4200: Law of Mass Communications

  • Teaching Assistant – Fall 2016, Fall 2017
  • Sole Instructor – Summer 2017