Emory Law Journal

The Editors

The 2015 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, entitled The New Age of Communication: Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century, was held on February 5 at Emory University School of Law. The Symposium explored the changing doctrine of free speech in the United States. Recent Supreme Court decisions—including McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, Snyder v. Phelps, and United States v. Alvarez—have altered the landscape of First Amendment jurisprudence. Reflecting on these recent developments stimulated dialogue on the foundations, current doctrines, and future of free speech. This issue of the Emory Law Journal continues that conversation.

The Emory Law Journal would like to thank a handful of the many individuals who made the most recent Symposium possible. First, the Journal is immensely grateful to the Thrower family, whose generosity and support make the annual Thrower Symposium possible. Second, the Journal thanks Professor Alexander Tsesis from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, who approached the Journal with the idea of holding a symposium focused on the First Amendment and was instrumental in inviting speakers and planning the event. Third, we thank Eugene Volokh, the keynote speaker, and the other panelists who traveled to Atlanta from all across the United States. The panelists and moderators included Thomas C. Arthur, Derek Bambauer, Jane Bambauer, Erwin Chemerinsky, Caroline Mala Corbin, Richard Delgado, David S. Han, Frederick Schauer, Julie Seaman, Jay Sekulow, Tejinder Singh, Jean Stefancic, Alexander Tsesis, Laura Weinrib, and Gerald Weber. We thank all participants for their insight and participation.

Over the last several months, the Supreme Court has further modified First Amendment doctrine. Just this summer, the Court handed down four opinions on the First Amendment that attempt to clarify a range of issues, including speech on ideological signs, on social media, on license plates, and in judicial elections. The articles and essays within incorporate these most recent cases and rekindle the dialogue that began at the Symposium in February. We hope this issue of the Emory Law Journal is a fitting tribute to a successful and engaging event.