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Author Event: The Great Dissent—How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6:00pm - 7:40pm

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Intended Audience:

At Door Registration Available. Books will not be available at the program for At Door Registrants. Books Can be picked up or mailed at a later date

Location: 2nd floor auditorium

Course ID: C10082013

Number of Sessions: 1

Credits: 2 NJ Credits: 2 General
2 NY MCLE Credits: 2 PP; Transitional and Non-transitional

Course Description:

AS REVIEWED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, AUGUST 25, 2013

"Thomas Healey's informative and readable account of how and why Holmes changed his mind deserves an honored place in the intellectual history of the Supreme Court." -- Alan M. Dershowitz


All paid attendees will receive a copy of the " riveting "book The Great Dissent—How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech

Join NYCLA’s Law and Literature Committee as we welcome Thomas Healy, a Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School who has written extensively about free speech, the Constitution and the federal courts, to discuss his new book The Great Dissent—HowOliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America.

While no right seems more fundamental than freedom of speech, that right was still an unfulfilled promise well into the Twentieth Century, as Americans were imprisoned on a regular basis simply for speaking out against government policies. In fact, free speech as we know it today derives less from the First Amendment and more from “a most unexpected source: Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.”

Although he was a lifelong “skeptic,” who “disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views,” it was his dissenting opinion written in 1919 that “would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.”

Joined by moderator Daniel Kornstein, Professor Healy will discuss why Holmes changed his mind to become a “First Amendment hero.”He will discuss Holmes’ remarkable journey and illustrate “ how free debate can alter the life of a man and the legal landscape of an entire nation.”

To read Daniel Kornstein’s review of The Great Dissent, which he calls “one of the best books ever written about American law, on a par with classics like Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis and Simple Justice by Richard Kluger,” click here.

Faculty:

Speaker: Thomas Healy, author, The Great Dissent

Moderator: Daniel Kornstein, Kornstein, Veisz, Wexler & Pollard, LLP

Program Sponsor: NYCLA’s Law and Literature Committee


 

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