MACON – Mercer University School of Law to host 2021 Mercer Law Review Symposium, titled “Social Media Platforms and Freedom of Expression”, Friday 8 October. The symposium, which is free and open to the public as a webinar, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Online registration is required to attend.
The theme of this year’s symposium will discuss current conflicts between social media platforms and constitutional freedoms under the First Amendment. Topics will include theoretical issues such as First Amendment realism, daily enforcement for minors, and censorship of everyday social media users.
“To appreciate the timeliness of this symposium, all everyone needs to do is reflect on the current news on whether Facebook is acting responsibly as a social media platform and on the uses of social media to plan. and coordinate the shocking events of January 6 in the nation’s capital, ”said Gary J. Simson, Macon Chair in Law and Symposium speaker. “The Symposium brings together an exceptional group of faculty from the United States and Europe with expertise to explore various important aspects of the First Amendment and related policies.”
Symposium participants include:
- Jon M. Garon, law professor, Southeast Nova University
- RonNell Anderson Jones, Professor of Law, University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law
- Dr András Koltay, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Pázmány Péter Catholic University
- Define Oranbourg, Associate Professor of Law, Duquense University Law School
- Eric J. Segall, law professor, Georgia State University
- Gary J. Simson, law professor, Mercer University
- Russell Weaver, law professor, University of Louisville
Commentators include Sue Painter-Thorne, professor of law, Mercer University, and Margaret Hu, professor of law and international affairs, Penn State Law.
The virtual event is approved for four and a half hours of continuing legal education (CLE) by the State Bar of Georgia, including one hour of ethics and one hour of professionalism. Participants seeking CLE credit can register online and will be responsible for paying the Georgia State Bar directly for CLE credit.
Mercer Law Review is the oldest continuously published law journal journal in the State of Georgia, publishing four journals per year and hosting the Annual Law Journal Symposium each fall semester.