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Norton, Helen Professor and Ira C. Rothgerber Jr Chair in Constitutional Law

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  • I research and write in the fields of constitutional law (especially first amendment and equal protection law) and antidiscrimination law. My work to date has focused primarily on three (sometimes overlapping) areas: 1) the constitutional and policy implications of government speech; 2) the constitutional and policy implications of governmental efforts to regulate lies (i.e., speakers' deliberate falsehoods); and 3) the not-infrequent tensions between constitutional values (e.g., conflicts between equal protection and free speech). I anticipate future work that focuses in more detail on the First Amendment protection and regulation of speech by comparatively powerful speakers -- i.e., the relationship between power and speech for constitutional purposes.

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  • constitutional law, first amendment law, equal protection law, employment discrimination law, civil rights

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