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David Hudson

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David L. Hudson, Jr., an Associate Professor of Legal Practice, teaches Legal Information and Communication at Belmont. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 40 books. For much of his career, he has worked on First Amendment issues. He serves as a Justice Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellow for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and a First Amendment Fellow for the Freedom Forum Institute. For 17 years, he was an attorney and scholar at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Hudson has taught classes at Vanderbilt Law School and the Nashville School of Law. In June 2018, the Nashville School of Law awarded him its Distinguished Faculty Award. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. Professor Hudson's published works have been cited and relied upon by other scholars and courts. Hudson also is a licensed boxing judge and has judged a dozen world title bouts.

Areas of expertise: First Amendment issues, Constitutional law, free speech


PUBLICATIONS

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Selected Books

Equal Protection: Documents Decoded. ABC-CLIO, 2018.

Freedom of Speech: Documents Decoded. ABC-CLIO, 2017.

The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech. Thomson Reuters, 2012.

Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment (two-volume set). SAGE, 2013. (co-editor with Dr. John Vile).

Let the Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Freedom of Expression in American Schools. Beacon Press, 2011.

The Handy Law Answer Book. Visible Ink Press, 2011.

Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (two-volume set). CQ Press, 2009. (co-editor with Dr. John Vile and David Schultz).

The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book. Visible Ink Press, 2008.

The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy. Praeger, 2006.

The First Amendment in Schools: A Guide from the First Amendment Center. ASCD, 2003. (co-author with four others).  

The Silencing of Student Voices: Preserving Free Speech in America’s Schools. Newseum, 2003.

Law Review/Journal Articles

Hudson, Jr., David L., Attorney Advertising in 'The Litigators' and Modern-Day America: The Continued Importance of the Public's Need for Legal Information (2018). University of Memphis Law Review, Vol. 48, No. 960, (2018). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L., Losing the Spirit of Tinker v. Des Moines and the Urgent Need to Protect Student Speech (March 4, 2018). 66 Clev. St. L. Rev. Et Cetera 2 (2018). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Thirty Years of Hazelwood and Its Spread to Colleges and University Campuses (2018). 61 Howard L.J. 491 (2018). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L. and Harvey, Emily H., First Amendment Tests From the Burger Court: Will They Be Flipped? (2018). Mitchell Hamline L. Rev. (2018). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L., Essay: Justice Thurgood Marshall, Great Defender of First Amendment Free-Speech Rights for the Powerless 2 Howard Human & Civil Rights L. Rev. 167 (2018). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Anti-Profanity Laws and the First Amendment. 42 T. Marshall L. Rev. 203 (2017). | SSRN

Kinsler, Jeffrey and Hudson, Jr., David L., The Secret to 85% First-Time Bar Passage Rates (2017). 40 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 92 (2017). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L. and Harvey, Emily H., Dissecting the Hybrid Rights Exception: Should it Be Expanded or Rejected? (2016). 38 UALR L. Rev. 449 (2016). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L., First Amendment Right to Receive Information and Ideas Justifies Citizens' Videotaping of the Police (2016). 10 U. St. Thomas J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 89 (2016). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Black Armbands, 'Boobies' Bracelets and the Need to Protect Student Speech (2013). 81 UMKC L. Rev. 595 (2013). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Time for the Supreme Court to Address Off-Campus, Online Student Speech (2012). Oregon Law Review, Vol. 91, 2012; Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-7. | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., The Secondary-Effects Doctrine: Stripping Away First Amendment Freedoms (2012). 23 Stanford Law & Pol. Rev. 19 (2012). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Pearson v. Callahan and Qualified Immunity: Impact on First Amendment Law (2011). 10 First Amend. L. Rev. 125 (2011). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Blogs and the First Amendment (2006). 11 NEXUS 129 (2006). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Justice Brennan's Significant Departure and Warning of an Evisceration (2005). 10 NEXUS 93 (2005). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L., Reflecting on the Virtual Child Porn Decision (2002). 36 J. Marshall L. Rev. 211 (2002). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L., Fear of Violence in Our Schools: Is ‘Undifferentiated Fear’ in the Age of Columbine Leading to a Suppression of Student Speech? (2002). 42 Washburn L.J. 79 (2002). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L., Justice Clarence Thomas: The Emergence of a Commercial-Speech Protector (2002). 35 Creighton L. Rev. 485 (2002). | SSRN

Hudson, Jr., David L. and John E. Ferguson Jr., The Courts’ Inconsistent Treatment of Bethel v. Fraser and the Curtailment of Student Rights (2002). 36 J. Marshall L. Rev. 181 (2002). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., Censorship of Student Internet Speech: The Effect of Diminishing Student Rights, Fear of the Internet and Columbine (2000). 2000 L.Rev. M.S.U.-D.C.L. 199 (2000). | SSRN 

Hudson, Jr., David L., The Secondary Effects Doctrine: 'The Evisceration of First Amendment Freedoms' (1997). 37 Washburn L.J. 55 (1997). | SSRN 

Selected Presentations:

Debater, U.S. Intelligence Squared, “Trigger Warning: Safe Spaces Are Dangerous,” June 2018.  

Testimony before U.S. House Subcommittee, “First Amendment Protections on Public College and University Campuses,” April 2017.

Selected Articles

Lawyers and Cognitive Decline: Diminished capacity may bring ethics problems for sufferers,” ABA Journal, Sept. 2018. 

When Do Rants Exceed First Amendment Boundaries,” ABA Journal, August 2018. 

Ida B. Wells: Fearless Journalist from Memphis Who Changed the World,” Tennessee Bar Journal, August 2018.

Can Anti-Profanity Laws and the Fighting Words Doctrine Be Squared with the First Amendment,” ABA Journal, April 2017.

Stifling Speech: Government invokes doctrine to silence speech it doesn’t like,” ABA Journal, Sept. 2017.

No Free Speech for You,” Slate, Aug. 4, 2017.

Public Employees, Private Speech: 1st Amendment doesn’t always protect government workers,” ABA Journal, May 2017.

How Tennessee discriminated against a talented Vanderbilt law grad,” The Tennessean, May 4, 2017.

Is Cyberbullying Free Speech,” ABA Journal, November 2016.

Explainer: how campus policies limit free speech,” The Conversation, July 31, 2016.

These lawyers battle in the boxing ring as well as the courtroom,” ABA Journal, October 2015.