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


Why you should attend

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.

What you will learn

  • Featured Speaker: Dean Baquet, Pulitzer Prize winner and Managing Editor of the New York Times
  • What did the Supreme Court accomplish in Sullivan and why?
  • How has the case transformed our conception of the First Amendment?
  • How has it and its progeny revolutionized the litigation of defamation cases?
  • What is its ongoing relevance in a digital world?

Who should attend

Firm attorneys, in-house counsel and allied professionals who practice in the fields of media and First Amendment law.

9:00 Featured Speaker - Dean Baquet, Managing Editor of the New York Times,
with an Introduction by David E. McCraw

9:30 Program Break

9:40 Sullivan and Its Progeny: Defense Counsel’s Perspective

Five of the lawyers principally responsible for litigating and developing the body of constitutional law based on Sullivan gather together for this rare reunion to share their experiences and perspectives about the case and its impact.  

Victor A. Kovner, Hon. Robert D. Sack, Stephen Wermiel, Richard Winfield
Moderator: Lee Levine

11:10 Program Break

11:20 Sullivan and Its Progeny: Other Perspectives

A panel of distinguished experts, including Justice Brennan’s biographer, two of the leading First Amendment scholars of the modern era, and two of the nation’s leading defamation counsel share their unique perspectives on Sullivan and its significance in our law.

Kevin T. Baine, Vincent Blasi, Kathleen M. Sullivan, Thomas D. Yannucci  
Moderator: Lee Levine  

12:50 Adjourn

Chairperson(s)
Lee Levine ~ Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP
Speaker(s)
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
Program Attorney(s)
Seema Lal Meehan ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

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Location:  New York, NY
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