FALR Symposium 2021

Text: First Amendment Law Review Presents: 
National Security, Whistleblowers, and the First Amendment
Image: A close-up of a face blowing a whistle forcefully.

On January 22, 2021, the First Amendment Law Review hosted a virtual symposium via Zoom. The symposium focused primarily on examining how the First Amendment relates to national security, government leaks and publication of and access to government information. Discussion explored the legal framework surrounding the dissemination of government information like the Freedom of Information Act and criminal prosecution of whistleblowers.

This year’s symposium began with opening remarks at 10:00 A.M. and featured a keynote address by Dean Mary-Rose Papandrea and two panel discussions. Closing remarks were held at 2:45 P.M. The event was free and open to the public.

Panel 1: “Classification and Access to National Security Information”

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Margaret Kwoka, Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • David Pozen, Vice Dean for Intellectual Life and Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Stephen Vladeck, Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts, University of Texas School of Law

Panel 2: “The Press, Whistleblowers, and Government Information Leaks”

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Heidi Kitrosser, Robins Kaplan Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and Visiting Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • David McCraw, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, The New York Times Company
  • Mary-Rose Papandrea, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • David A. Schulz, Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, Yale Law School


10:00 – 10:25: Opening Remarks

10:25 – 10:50: Keynote by Dean Papandrea

10:50 – 11:15: Morning break 

11:15 – 12:30: Panel One: Classification and Access to Security Information, moderated by Dean Papandrea

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch break 

1:30 – 2:45: Panel Two: The Press, Whistleblowers, and Government Information Leaks, moderated by Professor Ardia

2:45: Closing remarks