March 9, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision on the freedom of the press in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. In the decision, the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects reports about public officials -- even false ones -- unless they have been made with actual malice (with knowledge that they are false or in reckless disregard of their truth or falsity). This case allowed much of the press reports on civil rights in the South to move forward. Fifty years later, we convene to consider the implications and lasting significance of the Supreme Court's decision.
Judge Robert Sack, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Treatise author, Sack on Defamation (4th edition)
Adam Liptak, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent
Burt Neuborne, Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties, New York University School of Law; and Founding Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice
Diane Zimmerman, Samuel Tilden Professor of Law Emerita, NYU School of Law