Distributed March 26, 2002
For Immediate Release

News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis

Meiklejohn Lectureship

Floyd Abrams to speak on First Amendment and terrorism April 9

Civil rights attorney Floyd Abrams will give the 36th annual Alexander Meiklejohn Lecture on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in Sayles Hall. He will speak on “The First Amendment and the War on Terrorism.” The public is welcome.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Renowned civil rights attorney Floyd Abrams will speak on “The First Amendment and Terrorism” when he gives the 36th annual Alexander Meiklejohn Lecture on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in Sayles Hall on The College Green.

Abrams, the William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Law at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, has argued a large number of significant First Amendment cases before the Supreme Court. A partner in the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, he was co-counsel to The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and counsel to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in its legal battles with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He represented CNN in 1998 in investigating and issuing a report on its broadcast accusing the United States of using nerve gas on a 1970 military mission to Laos, and again in 1999 in seeking to persuade the U.S. Senate to allow the public to view its deliberations as considered charges against President Clinton. He has also represented The Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, Time magazine, BusinessWeek, The Nation, Reader’s Digest and other clients in trials and appeals.

A 1956 graduate of Cornell University, Abrams earned his law degree from Yale in 1960. He has been a visiting lecturer at both Yale and Columbia law schools, and he has received numerous awards from national organizations for his legal work, including the American Bar Association, the American Jewish Congress, Sigma Delta Chi and the National Broadcast Editorial Association. Abrams has served on various committees for the state and city of New York, and he has appeared frequently on television programs such as “Nightline,” “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and “Charlie Rose.”

The Meiklejohn Lecture honors the memory of distinguished educator, alumnus and civil libertarian Alexander Meiklejohn. The lectureship was endowed by Louis Schweitzer.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or to arrange technical assistance for hearing impairments or other special needs, contact the University at least two hours in advance at (401) 863-2201.