Skip to main content
Baker Lecture 2014

Baker Lecture 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 12 p.m.


Presented by 
Steven J. Heyman

Steven J. Heyman attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as a Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating in 1984, he worked as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner. In 1989, he joined the faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, where he teaches criminal law, torts, legislation, constitutional law, and the First Amendment. He has been a visiting law professor at the University of Colorado, Vanderbilt, and Indiana University-Bloomington, and on several occasions has received the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Chicago-Kent.

Professor Heyman is a leading First Amendment scholar who has written extensively on the foundations and limits of freedom of expression. His books include Free Speech and Human Dignity (Yale University Press 2008) and a two-volume anthology entitled Hate Speech and the Constitution(Garland/Rutledge 1996). He has written many law review articles on topics ranging from hate speech and pornography to funeral picketing to the First Amendment jurisprudence of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. In addition to free speech, Professor Heyman’s work explores many other aspects of constitutional law and legal philosophy, including affirmative rights, the meaning of the Second Amendment, whether there should be a legal duty to rescue, and the political and legal thought of Aristotle, Locke, and Hegel.

Professor Heyman was elected to the American Law Institute in 1998, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society. He is a long-time member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and currently serves on the Commission on Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. He lives with his wife and son in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality, and Democracy

The West Virginia University College of Law with the support of the C. Edwin Baker family have established a lecture to honor the legacy of the late C. Edwin Baker, the former Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The West Virginia University College of Law wishes to thank the Baker Family for their generosity and the trust that they express in their decision to endow a lecture and house the collected works of C. Edwin Baker in the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library at the College of Law. We are honored to be asked to provide a home for this significant body of work preserving this legacy for current and future legal scholars.

    WVU LAW Facebook WVU LAW Twitter WVU LAW Instagram WVU LAW LinkedIn WVU LAW Youtube Channel