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Watch the Video of the Free Speech and Press Symposium

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A wide range of public intellectuals gathered at Pepperdine University School of Law on Apr. 4 for a symposium titled, "Free Speech and Press in the Modern Age: Can 20th Century Theory Bear the Weight of 21st Century Demands?" Hosted by the Pepperdine Law Review, the symposium addressed free speech law in the 20th century in relation to current challenges, such as extremist/terrorist speech, campaign fundraising and spending, and mass media in the digital age.

The opening address, titled "Free Speech in the 21st Century: What We Learned in the 20th Century," was given by Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Watch the video below.

In the first panel discussion, Manny Medrano moderated the discussion on regulating extremist and terrorist speech. The panel comprised Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, Rodney A. Smolla, dean of Washington and Lee University School of Law, and Frederick Schauer, professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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The second panel discussion centered on regulating campaign financing. Pepperdine Professor Doug Kmiec moderated the panel with panelists Lillian R. BeVier of the University of Virginia School of Law, Samuel Issacharoff of New York University School of Law, and symposium facilitator, Professor Barry McDonald.
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The Honorable Kevin J. Martin, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, delivered a symposium address, which was followed by another panel on mass media in the digital age, moderated by Professor Bob Pushaw. Panelists included Jack M. Balkin of Yale Law School, Lucas A. Powe, Jr., of the University of Texas School of Law, and David D. Hiller, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times. View both segments below.
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The final panel discussed the implications of first amendment theory in the 21st century. Panelists included Eugene Volokh of UCLA School of Law and William W. Van Alstyne of William and Mary School of Law.
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The Honorable Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, also gave a symposium address.
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