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.:

Attorney can quote judicial opinions in advertising

Federal appeals panel finds quotes lauding attorney’s ability are truthful and not misleading.

Court limits Garcetti – at least a little

Justices reject argument that 2006 decision sharply curtailing public employees’ free speech applied in a case involving court testimony.

Qualified immunity protects Secret Service agents

In Supreme Court case involving Oregon protest, justices rule that Secret Service protection of the president takes precedence over considerations of viewpoint discrimination.

Much to-do about history for divided high court

Though sharply divided on whether legislative prayers in Greece, N.Y., are permissible, two Supreme Court justices agree that history factors into the constitutional calculus.

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.

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