Associate Dean to Discuss Commercial Speech at University of Texas

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Tamara Piety, TU College of Law Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law, will give two presentations about commercial speech at the University of Texas at Austin this Thursday, November 3.

Piety, whose forthcoming book, Brandishing the First Amendment, focuses on commercial speech, will speak at a UT faculty symposium and will give a presentation to students and the public in conjunction with a Media Law & Ethics course. Piety is a leading scholar in the area of commercial and corporate speech.

The title of her presentation at the faculty symposium is "Corporate vs. Commercial Speech: Why Sorrell v. IMS May be More Important than Citizens United." The symposium will include faculty from the College of Communication, the School of Law, the McCombs School of Business, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Policy.

Her lecture to the students and public is titled, "Brandishing the First Amendment: Using the Rhetoric of Civil Rights to Strike at the Regulation of Commerce." Piety's forthcoming book, Brandishing the First Amendment, discusses how corporations have used strategic litigation during the past 20 years to win more expansive First Amendment protection for commercial speech, which she argues has imperiled public health, safety, and welfare; the reliability of commercial and consumer information; the stability of financial markets; and the global environment.

Piety led a faculty workshop at the TU College of Law in September on the topic of advertising law. The workshop, which included the participation of TU Law Professors Robert Spoo and Sam Halabi, included leading scholars in the field from around the country. Eric Goldman, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, and Rebecca Tushnet, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, are writing a book about advertising law, and their work served as a touchstone for the workshop.

Scott Been