The War on the New York Times v. Sullivan Actual Malice Standard



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October 20, 2023
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About the Program

Our exceptionally distinguished panel will discuss the importance of the landmark 1964 case, New York Times v Sullivan, and the doctrine it created of actual malice, and whether the criticisms of the doctrine by SCOTUS Justices and others are justified.

Meet the Speakers
Prof. Rodney A. Smolla


President, Vermont Law and Graduate School, Author of "Law of Defamation"

Officially beginning his term as president of Vermont Law and Graduate School on July 1, 2022, Rodney Smolla joined VLGS from Widener University Delaware Law School, where he served as dean and professor of law since 2015. Previously president of Furman University, and dean at Washington and Lee University and University of Richmond law schools, Professor Smolla has long been a strong advocate for experiential learning, the development of professional competencies, and civic engagement.

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Prof. Eugene Volokh


Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, Author of "The First Amendment and Related Statutes"

Eugene Volokh teaches First Amendment law and a First Amendment amicus brief clinic at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, tort law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.

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Prof. Samantha Barbas


Professor of Law, University of Buffalo School of Law Author of "Actual Malice: Civil Rights and Freedom of the Press in New York Times v. Sullivan"

Samantha Barbas researches and teaches in the areas of legal history, tort law, First Amendment law, and mass communications law. Her work focuses on the intersection of law, culture, media, and technology in United States history. Her recent research has explored the history of freedom of speech, privacy, and defamation.

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Alexander Rufus-Isaacs


Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP Partner

Alexander is an Oxford University graduate who began his career as a barrister in England in 1982. He moved to Los Angeles and was admitted to the California bar in 1988. He is a litigator with an emphasis on media, entertainment and business disputes. Many of his cases have international dimensions. He co-founded Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham in 2010. He is President-Elect of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, has been selected as a Super Lawyer for 2017-2022 by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, Lawyer of the Year for Copyright in 2023 in LA by Best Lawyers, and has been honored as a media litigator by numerous international law and business organizations

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