FALR Symposium 2021

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

This year’s symposium will begin with opening remarks at 10:00 A.M. and will feature a keynote address by Dean Mary-Rose Papandrea and two panel discussions. Closing remarks will be held at 2:45 P.M. The event will be free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register for free in advance using the following link:

Webinar Registration – Zoom

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

Confirmed Panelists:

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

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

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Heidi Kitrosser, Visiting Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • David McCraw, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at The New York Times Company
  • Mary-Rose Papandrea, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at University of North Carolina School of Law


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