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WVU College of Law Baker Lecture to focus on the First Amendment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— First Amendment scholar Steven J. Heyman will deliver the third annual C. Edwin Baker Lecture on Thursday, April 3 at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia University College of Law

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A reception in the College of Law lobby will follow the lecture. 

The topic of Heyman’s lecture is “The Conservative-Libertarian Turn in First Amendment Jurisprudence.” The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference.

Heyman is an award-winning professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he teaches criminal law, torts, legislation, constitutional law, and the First Amendment. He has written extensively on the foundation and limits of freedom of expression, including “Free Speech and Human Dignity” (Yale University Press, 2008) and “Hate Speech and the Constitution” (Garland/Rutledge, 1996).

The Baker Lecture at WVU Law is presented in honor of C. Edwin Baker, a leading constitutional law scholar who died in 2009. He was the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In 2011, Baker’s family donated his papers to the West Virginia University College of Law. HHhHoused in the George R. Famer, Jr. Law Library, the C. Edwin Baker Collection is a window into the life and work of one of the 20th century’s foremost experts on constitutional law, free speech, and communication law. Portions of the collection will be on display as part of the Baker Lecture on April 3.



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