David L. Hudson Jr.

David L. Hudson Jr. is an expert in First Amendment issues who writes for firstamendmentcenter.org and for other publications. Hudson teaches law and was a scholar at the First Amendment Center. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books, including several on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Constitution and student rights.

He is a First Amendment contributing editor for the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. Hudson graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1994. He teaches First Amendment classes at Nashville School of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School. He also has taught at Middle Tennessee State University.

Hudson also is interviewed frequently about First Amendment issues. He has spoken to The Baltimore Sun, NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh, the Student Press Law Center and the Rutherford Institute.

Some of his books include: Let the Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools, (2011), The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book (2007), The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy (2006), Open Government: An American Tradition Faces National Security, Privacy and Other Challenges (2005), The Rights of Students (2004), the First Amendment Center’s The Silencing of Student Voices: Preserving Free Speech in America’s Schools (2003), The Bill of Rights: The First Ten Amendments of the Constitution (2002) and The Fourteenth Amendment: Equal Protection Under the Law (2002).

Posts by David L. Hudson Jr.:

Thomas again calls for overruling of Buckley v. Valeo

Justice Clarence Thomas asserts that giving money to a political campaign constitutes core political speech that’s protected by the First Amendment.

Ruling for rapper Rick Ross good for First Amendment

Court finds musician did not so much appropriate the name of the real former cocaine dealer Ricky D. Ross as engage in transformative artistic expression.

A victory for student speech, but will it be Pyrrhic?

All the 3rd Circuit needed to do was find that “I Love Boobies” bracelets were not plainly lewd or substantially disruptive to the school.

Federal appeals court issues significant ruling on student online speech

Decision upholding expulsion of a student who allegedly made online threats increases possibility that Supreme Court will tackle thorny questions of student online expression.

Muhammad Ali and the First Amendment

As ‘The Greatest’ boxing champion turns 71, here’s a look back at how his life exemplified our five core freedoms.

Justice Marshall: eloquent First Amendment defender

Thurgood Marshall had a gift for explaining the importance of the First Amendment in different contexts, such as in these five examples.

Speech News | | January 18, 2013

Inmate presses First Amendment claim over monitored calls to his attorney

Tennessee county sheriff’s office will have to convince a court that there were legitimate safety interests in monitoring inmate calls.

Speech News | | January 17, 2013

Mo. high court upholds part of e-mail harassment conviction

Man who sent threatening, offensive messages to alderwoman and others fails to persuade court that they amounted to political speech.

10th Circuit rejects inmate’s lawsuit over special diet

Colorado man might have had better luck pursuing his claim through federal or state religious-liberty laws than through free-exercise clause.

Recognizing a civil rights landmark

Fifty years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Virginia law that was being used to quash the NAACP’s efforts to solicit plaintiffs.

Speech News | | January 8, 2013

Mo. jail withholds detainee’s newspaper; he sues

Sheriff ends distribution of local newspapers after inmate’s letter to the editor appears in weekly to which he subscribed.

2nd Circuit reinstates lawsuit in middle-finger arrest

N.Y. couple pulled over after man flipped off police at speed trap claim violation of Fourth, First Amendment rights.

Christopher Eckhardt left his mark as student-speech litigant

Eckhardt, who died Dec. 27, was one of the ‘black armband’ plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines.

Speech Analysis | | December 31, 2012

What’s ahead for student speech in 2013?

From social media to boobie bracelets, student expression faces tests in school and in court.

Speech News | | December 27, 2012

N.Y. teacher had First Amendment right to protest in parked car

Appeals court finds that parking outside a school in the rain and displaying signs was protected speech on a matter of public concern, turning aside district’s claims of traffic hazard.

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