The Symposium discussed the current conflicts between social media platforms and our constitutional liberties under the First Amendment. Topics included social media after the Capital riot on January 6, 2021, First Amendment Realism, statutory interpretation of 47 U.S.C. § 230, the everyday use of social media by minors, and censorship. The freedom of expression on social media platforms is a rising concern in many fields of law, and an issue at the forefront of modern discourse.


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Friday, October 8th
9:00 AM

Welcome and Program Overview

Karen J. Sneddon, Mercer University School of Law
Gary J. Simson, Mercer University School of Law

Bell-Jones Courtroom

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

Panel 1

Gary J. Simson, Mercer University School of Law
Seth Oranburg, Duquense University School of Law
Suzianne Painter-Thorne, Mercer University School of Law

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:45 AM

Panel 2

Jon M. Garon, Nova Southeastern University School of Law
András Koltay, Pazmany Peter Catholic University
Margaret Hu

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

1:30 PM

Panel 3

RonNell Anderson Jones, University of Utah, SJ Quinney College of Law
Russell L. Weaver, University of Louisville
Eric J. Segall, Georgia State University College of Law

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM