Access to the Media-A Contemporary Appraisal

I want to thank Hofstra Law School and The Brennan Center for Justice for commemorating the fortieth anniversary of my article in the Harvard Law Review, Access to the Press—A New First Amendment Right, by this conference on “Reclaiming the First Amendment.” I particularly want to thank Eric Freedman of Hofstra Law School and Marjorie Heins of The Brennan Center for Justice for the vision and energy they put into conceiving and building this conference. I am also indebted to all of you for writing papers and for participating in this conference. I never thought that Access to the Press would become the basis for a Supreme Court case or that I would argue it. I certainly never dreamed when I wrote the article that people would talk about the ideas expressed in it forty years later.

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