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Yale dean to deliver annual WVU Law Baker Lecture

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – Robert Post, dean of Yale Law School, will deliver the annual C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality, and Democracy on Friday, November 14, at 12:00 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the West Virginia UniversityCollege of Law. 

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

For his lecture, Post will address the constitutionality of compelled commercial speech. Recent cases of compelled commercial speech include government mandates for country-of-origin labeling on meat products and graphic warnings on tobacco products.

In addition to serving as dean, Post is the Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale, where he teaches on constitutional law, the First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection. He has written and edited several books and his work is regularly published in a variety of legal journals. Post’s paper on compelled commercial speech will be published in the West Virginia Law Review in 2015.

The Baker Lecture at WVU Law is presented annually 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. Housed 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.



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