Spring 2016 Symposium

The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press

New England Law Review’s Spring 2016 Symposium

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

4:00-6:00 PM

Cherry Room, New England Law | Boston

The New England Law Review spring book symposium will be held on February 11th at 4:00 p.m. in the Cherry Room at New England Law | Boston. It will showcase Professor Amy Gajda’s book “The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press.” Her book explores judicial oversight of journalism news judgment. She will discuss how the expansion of acceptable news content has shifted courts’ focus from the First Amendment to individual privacy—a shift that curtails mainstream journalists’ press freedoms. Both Professor Calvert as well as Professor West will respond.

The symposium will feature Professor Amy Gajda, a Visiting Scholar from Tulane University Law School, as our keynote speaker, as well as feedback and commentary from a panel of prominent legal voices, including:

  • Professor Clay Calvert, University of Florida
  • Associate Professor Sonja R. West, University of Georgia Law


Author Bios

Amy Gajda, Keynote Speaker

Amy Gajda is an Associate Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in the areas of information privacy, media law, torts, and higher education law. In 2013, she was awarded the Felix Frankfurter Award for Distinguished Teaching, Tulane University Law School’s highest teaching honor. She has chaired the Association of American Law Schools’ Sections on Mass Communication and Defamation and Privacy. Professor Gajda also led the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Law and Policy Division. Prior to pursuing her law degree, Professor Gajda worked as an award-winning television journalist and news anchor.

Professor Gajda has been published in The New York Times, as well as a number of legal journals. She authored took books The Trials of Academe, published in 2009, and The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press, published in 2015. Ms. Gajda holds a B.A. from The University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Wayne State University.

Clay Calvert

Clay Calvert is a Professor and Brechner Emininent Scholar in Mass Communication at University of Florida in Gainesville, where he teaches courses on communications and media law issues. Professor Calvert also directs the Marian B. Brechner First Amendment Project at University of Florida. Beyond teaching, Professor Calvert authored and co-authored more than 120 published law journal articles relating to freedom of expression — more than anyone else in the history of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Law Division — many of which have won awards. Mr. Calvert also co-authored a leading undergraduate media law textbook and he is the author of the book Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture. He blogs regularly at Huffington Post on free speech issues, and is a periodic columnist for the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center website.

Sonja R. West

Sonja R. West is an associate professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Media Law, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Professor West represented media clients on First Amendment and intellectual property issues at a Los Angeles law firm. Professor West also served as a judicial clerk for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court under Justice John Paul Stevens. Professor West’s writing has been published in numerous law reviews, including: the Harvard Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review. She has contributed articles concerning legal issues to Slate and Huffington Post. Professor West frequently appears as commentator for news media outlets, including: The New York Times, the National Law Journal, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, The Guardian, and The Boston Globe.

Professor West earned her B.A. in journalism and communication studies from the University of Iowa, and her J.D. from University of Chicago School of Law, where she served as executor editor of the school’s Law Review.


For more information on this symposium, please contact:

Lauren DeMatteo, Business Managing Editor

Cynthia Hahne, Symposium Editor