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Is New York Times v. Sullivan in Jeopardy? with First Amendment Icons Floyd Abrams of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Chip Babcock of Jackson Walker

Over the past few U.S. Supreme Court terms, we have heard justices initiate discussions on the sanctity of long settled areas of U.S. Constitutional law including Roe v Wade, the Chevron Doctrine regarding administrative review, New York Times v. Sullivan and more. This show address rising concerns by court watchers that this landmark case – decided to protect journalists and activists during the Civil Rights movement a half century ago – might be in jeopardy. The Court had ruled that the freedom of speech protections in the First Amendment restricted the ability of American public officials to sue for defamation, a cornerstone to the smooth functioning of investigative journalism. Richard Levick of LEVICK moderates a fascinating conversation with Floyd Abrams, Senior Counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel; described by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan as “the most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age,” and one of the nation’s leading authorities on free speech and Chip Babcock, a partner at Jackson Walker, a litigator for celebrities, networks and publishers on the most important and highest profile First Amendment issues of our time. Listen here