Tamara Piety, Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor of Law, has been invited to give a keynote at the Communicative Democracy: Protecting, Promoting and Developing Free Speech in the Digital Era conference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Piety will present “Killing the Golden Goose: Journalism and Sponsored Content” on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.
Professor Piety is a nationally recognized scholar on the legal treatment of commercial and corporate speech. She is widely published in legal journals and her book, Brandishing the First Amendment, has been an influential entry into the very important debate about the scope of the protection for freedom of expression under the US Constitution and how more protection for advertisers and for corporate speakers runs into conflict with ordinary regulation of commerce. Professor Piety earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida International University in 1985; her JD, magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991 where she was an Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Law Review inducted into the Order of the Coif. She earned LLM in 2000 from Harvard Law School where she was the Executive Editor of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. While at Miami she was one of 10 students selected to participate in a special seminar on constitutional law with the late Justice William J. Brennan. She also served as a clerk for the Honorable Peter T. Fay of the Eleventh Circuit and as an interim clerk for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg on the Fifth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Tulsa College of Law she was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2007, Professor Piety was a Visiting Professor at Florida State University Law School. In Spring 2015 she was a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School.