School of Law Presents Fifth Criminal Law Symposium

The event will be held from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Lanier Professional Development Center.

Written by Tina Dechausay

The discussion will focus on criminal law and the First Amendment.

The Texas Tech School of Law presents the 2011 Criminal Law Symposium from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. April 8 in the Lanier Professional Development Center at 1802 Hartford Ave.

In the Fifth Annual Criminal Law Symposium, sponsored by School of Law and the Texas Tech Law Review, a distinguished group of scholars will explore the intersections of the First Amendment and criminal law.

"Several nationally-prominent speakers will participate in this year's symposium," said Professor Arnold Loewy, George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law at Texas Tech's School of Law.

"Attendees will have the privilege of receiving insight on the importance of the first amendment issues of our time."

Speakers will include:

  • Nadine Strossen, national president of the ACLU
  • Burt Neuborne, head of the Brennan Center at NYU
  • Gene Nichol, former President of William and Mary, and former Dean of UNC and Colorado
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, prolific author, Supreme Court advocate, and founding Dean of U.C. Irvine
  • Jesse Choper, former Dean of U.C.- Berkeley, and former president of the Association of American Law Schools
  • Russell Weaver, editor of many casebooks in the United States.

"This will be our fifth annual criminal law symposium and with this year's topic and distinguished group of speakers, it should prove to be a fascinating conference," Loewy said.

The symposium is free to the public, but there is a fee for practitioners wishing to obtain CLE credit. For more information, as well as a link to register online, visit the symposium website.

Schedule of Events

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine

10 a.m. – Noon

Is (should) BRANDENBURG (be) Good Law in a Post-9/11 World?

Panel 1:


Nadine Strossen, New York University


Burt Neuborne, New York University

Scot Powe, University of Texas

Gene Nichol, University of North Carolina

Bill Van Alstyne, William & Mary University

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Lexis-Nexis Lunch: The History of the First Amendment and Criminal Law


Michael Curtis, Wake Forest University

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.

The First Amendment, the Internet, and Criminal Law

Panel 2:


Ellen Podgor, Stetson University


Lyrissa Lidsky, University of Florida

Kevin Saunders, Michigan State University

Eric Segall, Russell Weaver, University of Louisville

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Should Free Exercise of Religion ever be a Defense to an otherwise Valid Criminal Law, or did SMITH Get it Right?

Panel 3:


John Taylor, West Virginia University


Jesse Choper, University of California, Berkeley

Arnold Loewy,Texas Tech University

Bill Marshall, University of North Carolina

Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Texas Tech School of Law

The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.



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