Book on First Amendment By Tamara Piety Receiving Praise

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

TU College of Law professor Tamara Piety's new book, Brandishing the First Amendment: Commercial Expression in America, is getting attention in the blogosphere. The book, available in stores now, is a discussion of the first amendment, and how it has been aggressively and inappropriately expanded by commercial entities.

Piety book The Situationist, an award-winning blog from The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School issued a nice plug, saying, "It looks to be an engaging read for all of us interested in how commercial entities have shaped and wielded First Amendment jurisprudence to increase profits and secure power. And it is hard to think of a more important topic as we continue into this election year."

Another recent reviewer of the book wrote, "Piety's work systematically explores the dangerous disconnect between the purposes of the First Amendment and the modern state of corporate money flows, and calls upon us to seriously reexamine our First Amendment values. When the Supreme Court designated advertising as commercial speech in 1976, its intent was to help consumers receive accurate and reliable information so that they can make rational decisions about products. Piety shows how this 1976 vision of advertising as information-dissemination is empirically at odds with the reality of market psychology as applied by corporate marketing and advertising executives today. "

Piety, a renowned scholar on the legal treatment of commercial and corporate speech, has contributed to numerous periodicals and publications, including Michigan Law Review First Impressions, Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Temple Law Review, the Seattle Law Review and others. She is also the Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and teaches a variety of litigation-related subjects such as Law and Mind Sciences and Scientific Evidence.

Shari Erwin