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WikiLeaks and the First Amendment

Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, Chicago, IL
November 12, 2011

in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival

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Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. A member of the law faculty since 1973, he has served as both Dean of the University of Chicago Law School and Provost of the University of Chicago. He served as a law clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court. A leading scholar of the First Amendment, he has published several books and more than a hundred articles in the field of constitutional law. His book Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004) received numerous awards. He is currently chief editor of a fifteen-volume series, Inalienable Rights. His new book, Sexing the Constitution, will explore the historical evolution in Western culture of the intersection of sex, religion, and law. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society, a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the American Law Institute. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990. Video (7 mins)
Judith Miller is an author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times. She is an adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a commentator for Fox News. In 1983, she became the first woman to be named chief of The New York Times bureau in Cairo, Egypt. In 2002, she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Prior to leaving the Times in 2005, she spent 85 days in jail to defend a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources. Since that experience, she has been an advocate for a federal shield law to protect the relationship between reporters and their sources. Before joining the Times, Miller was Washington bureau chief of The Progressive. Her publications include Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War (2001); God Has Ninety-Nine Names (1996); One, By One, By One (1990); and Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf (1990). Video (10 mins)
Richard Posner has been a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 1981, serving as chief judge of the court from 1993 to 2000. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court and was Assistant to Commissioner Philip Elman of the Federal Trade Commission and Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He served as General Counsel of the President’s Task Force on Communications Policy and was Associate Professor at Stanford Law School before coming to the University of Chicago Law School in 1969. He is the author of nearly 40 books on jurisprudence, economics, and other topics, including Economic Analysis of Law (8th edition, 2011); The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy (2010); Law and Literature (3rd edition, 2009); Law, Pragmatism and Democracy (2003); Sex and Reason (1992); The Problems of Jurisprudence (1990); and The Economics of Justice (1981). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1982. Video (12 mins)
Gabriel Schoenfeld writes frequently on national security and intelligence for The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard. His op-eds, book reviews, and articles have appeared in numerous other publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, The New Republic, and Atlantic Monthly, among others, and he is a frequent guest commentator on major broadcast and cable television networks. From 1994 to 2008, he was Senior Editor of Commentary. In the March 2006 issue of Commentary, he called for the government to prosecute The New York Times under the espionage statutes after the newspaper broke the story of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of people within the United States. In June of that year, he testified before Congress on the responsibilities of the press in wartime. He is Senior Fellow (on leave) at the Hudson Institute and Resident Scholar (on leave) at the Witherspoon Institute. His books include Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law (2010) and The Return of Anti-Semitism (2004). Video (9 mins)

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