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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Lidsky on Post, The Social Foundations of Defamation (1986) @lidskylidsky

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Missouri School of Law, has published Post, Robert C., The Social Foundations of Defamation Law: Reputation and the Constitution, 74 Calif. L. Rev. 691 (1986) at 25 Comm. L. and Pol'y 491 (2020). Here is the abstract.

Robert Post published “The Social Foundations of Defamation Law” the month I graduated from high school in a remote and dusty West Texas oil field town. I encountered the article six years later while in law school at the University of Texas. By that time, I knew I wanted to be a scholar, having done a Fulbright at Cambridge to study medieval legal history and jurisprudence. But I felt, and still feel, that it was awfully presumptuous of me to assume the academy would want me. When I read Post’s article for the first time, I was searching for a role model and a way to integrate my interests in history, literature and legal philosophy with the exacting methods of analysis I was absorbing in law school. [This essay is published in 25 Comm. L. and Pol'y 491 2020].

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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