True Threats and Free Speech: A Discussion of Elonis v. U.S.

Date(s) - 01/26/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

UNC School of Law, Room 5042

True ThreatsOn January 26, 2015, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy will host a panel discussion about an important case that was recently argued in the United States Supreme Court: Elonis v. United States. The legal issue before the Court is whether Mr. Elonis’ posts on Facebook constituted true threats.  The case not only has the potential to reshape First Amendment law, it also provides a window into the torment faced by many domestic abuse victims and the ways social media can be used to instill fear and spread vitriol.

The panel will take place at noon in Room 5042. Our panelists include:

  • Tamar Birckhead, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs at the University of North Carolina
  • Jolynn Dellinger, Member, Data Privacy Day Advisory Board, National Cyber Security Alliance
  • Brooks Fuller, Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina
  • Bill Marshall, Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina

The panel will be moderated by David Ardia, assistant professor of law and faculty co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, and is co-sponsored by the UNC Media Law Society and the UNC chapter of the American Constitution Society.

For more information about Elonis v. U.S., including the parties’ briefs, check out the case entry on SCOTUSBlog.

This event is free and open to the public.

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