2019 First Amendment Conference

Freedom of the Press in Tumultuous Times

This conference on freedom of the press featured nationally recognized scholar Jonathan Turley, who serves as J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. Turley and other distinguished guests spoke on freedom of the press and how it relates to and impacts our present era. There was also a panel of student finalists for the G. Kevin Jones First Amendment Essay Contest, where they presented their essays and were asked questions about their findings. 

April 10, 2019

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | CB 101A | "The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court in the Age of Trump" | David A. Kaplan
  • 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm | Bingham Gallery | Pizza & Politics Event: "A Crisis of Faith: How Trump Has Changed Journalism in America" | Jonathan Turley
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Bingham Gallery | "Press Ethics and the First Amendment" | David A. Kaplan, Joel Campbell, David W. Scott
  • 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm | Bingham Gallery | Dr. G. Kevin Jones First Amendment Essay Contest Finalists and Awards


April 11, 2019

  • 9:00 am - 10:20 am | FL 120 | "The Free Press and the Presidency" | Sonja West, Patrick Shea, Rodney K. Smith
  • 10:30 am - 11:50 am | FL 120 | "The Importance of State Constitutions and the Quill Project Launch" | John Dinan, Nicholas Cole, CCS Wood Assistants
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm | By invite only | VIP Luncheon: Jonathan Turley will be the luncheon speaker and will receive the 2019 Madison Award for Contributions in Constitutional Studies from the Center for Constitutional Studies