Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor for 2017-2020. UFRF Professors are faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and…

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Posted: April 13, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications today announced that Frank LoMonte is the new director of the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. The Brechner Center, located in the College, is a non-profit educational center addressing issues around freedom of information, libel, privacy, prior restraints,…

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Posted: March 29, 2017

By Clay Calvert Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for United States Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch are fast approaching. It’s time to consider some key questions about First Amendment speech rights the senators should ask during the constitutionally mandated advice-and-consent process. These hearings often are contentious. That was the case for Justice Clarence Thomas in the early 1990s. And they surely…

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Posted: March 13, 2017

By Clay Calvert The aftermath of Donald J. Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton brought with it much handwringing in news media circles and on social media platforms about the dangers of fake news. Some blame fake news for causing Clinton’s defeat, with the erstwhile candidate herself calling it “an epidemic.” But there’s…

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Posted: March 13, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in “Pittsburgh becomes the latest city to approve a ban on conversion therapy” published in The Christian Science Monitor on Dec. 14. The Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved a ban on…

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Posted: December 15, 2016

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in Why Did the Atlantic Blur the Faces of Attendees at the Alt-Right Conference? published in Erik Wemple’s Washington Post blog on Nov. 22. According to Calvert, the video constitutes editorial…

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Posted: December 5, 2016

 University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times article, Gawker and Hulk Hogan Reach Settlement in Sex Tape Case, published on Nov. 2. Calvert commented on the outcome of the four-year legal battle between…

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Posted: November 8, 2016

University of Florida Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was featured in the article, “Panel Issues Guidance on Best Lawyer Advertising”  in the print and online editions of the August 2016 issue of ABA Journal. Calvert commented on how the content of ads for lawyers can help…

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Posted: August 5, 2016

University of Florida Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in the article, “Is videotaping police against the law in Florida? Experts say no, but it’s still a risk,” in the Tampa Bay Times July 8, 2016 edition. Calvert commented on the First Amendment right to…

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Posted: July 8, 2016

University of Florida Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in the article “Legal Experts Give Edge to Airbnb in Its Suite Against San Francisco” published on skift.com on June 29, 2016. The article focuses on the requirement that Airbnb hosts must now register with the…

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Posted: July 7, 2016

The Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman urging the Court to hear a First Amendment challenge to the constitutionality of New York’s no-surcharge statute. That statute prohibits merchants from imposing surcharges for credit card payments but allows…

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Posted: June 10, 2016

Clay Calvert, UF College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was quoted in “Pay for People to Sue Their Enemies.” The article was published on May 25, 2016 in fortune.com. Calvert commented on billionaire Peter Thiel’s…

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Posted: May 26, 2016