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New York Times v. Sullivan at 50: A Look Back and the Road Ahead

Released on: Apr. 7, 2014
Running Time: 03:27:55

No judicial decision has been more influential in defining the “central meaning of the First Amendment” than Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.’s opinion for the United States Supreme Court in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. In the fifty years since it was decided, Sullivan has transformed both our national understanding of the “freedom of speech or of the press” and the litigation of claims for defamation, invasion of privacy and related torts. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of what one prominent scholar famously deemed “an occasion for dancing in the streets,” PLI has assembled the leading practitioners, scholars, authors and experts on the case to discuss its ongoing significance and impact on our law.

Lecture Topics 
[Total time 03:27:55]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.

  • Featured Speaker - Dean Baquet, Managing Editor of the New York Times, with an Introduction by David E. McCraw* [00:29:05]
    David E. McCraw, Dean Baquet
  • Sullivan and its Progeny: Defense Counsel's Perspective* [01:30:49]
    Victor A. Kovner, Hon. Robert D. Sack, Richard N. Winfield, Lee Levine, Stephen Wermiel
  • Sullivan and its Progeny: Other Perspectives* [01:28:01]
    Lee Levine, Vincent Blasi, Kathleen M. Sullivan, Thomas D. Yannucci, Kevin T. Baine

Presentation Material

  • Sullivan and its Progeny: Defense Counsel’s Perspective
    Lee Levine
  • The New York Times Company v. Sullivan
    Lee Levine
  • Sack on Defamation – Chapter 1: Constitutional Principles
    Hon. Robert D. Sack
  • Sack on Defamation – Chapter 16, 16:5_ Motion Practice and Appeal
    Hon. Robert D. Sack
  • Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment – Sullivan in the Year 2000: Will It – Should It – Survive?
    Floyd Abrams
  • The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan – Chapter 1: Sullivan
    Lee Levine, Stephen Wermiel
Lee Levine ~ Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP
Kevin T. Baine ~ Williams & Connolly LLP
Dean Baquet ~ Managing Editor, The New York Times
Vincent Blasi ~ Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, Columbia Law School
Victor A. Kovner ~ Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
David E. McCraw ~ Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, The New York Times Company
Hon. Robert D. Sack ~ U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Kathleen M. Sullivan ~ Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Stephen Wermiel ~ Professor of Practice of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Richard N. Winfield ~ Co-founder & Treasurer, International Senior Lawyers Project, Of Counsel, Clifford Chance US LLP,
Thomas D. Yannucci ~ Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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