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INSCT Guest Speaker: Rodney Smolla

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Professor Rodney A. Smolla  is a nationally recognized scholar, teacher, advocate, and writer. He is one of country’s foremost experts on issues relating to freedom of speech, academic freedom, and freedom of the press.

During his legal career, Smolla has presented arguments in state and federal courts throughout the country, including the US Supreme Court. He also has testified before committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

Smolla is the author of The Constitution Goes to College (2011);Constitutional Law: Structure and Rights in Our Federal System (2010), with INSCT Director William C. Banks;Free Speech in an Open Society(1992); Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt: The First Amendment on Trial (1988); and Deliberate Intent (1999), which was made into an FX television movie.

Currently, Smolla is a Visiting Professor at Duke Law. Before that appointment, he served as President of Furman University in Greenville, SC; as Dean and Roy L. Steinheimer Professor of Law at Washington and Lee School of Law; as Dean and Allen Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law; and as Director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William and Mary.

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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.