Law Professor To Give Constitution Day Talk

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Franks An Expert On Technology And Civil Rights

Mary Anne Franks, professor of law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law, will deliver this year’s Constitution Day address at Washington and Lee University this Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The title of her talk is “The Cult of the Constitution.”

The lecture, which will be presented in a virtual format, is free and open to the public. Registration information can be found at

Franks, who teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, First and Second Amendment law, family law, and law and technology, is an internationally known expert on the topic of civil rights and technology. She is the author of an award-winning book, “The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech” (Stanford Press, 2019, available at the W&L University Store), and is currently working on her second book, “Fearless Speech,” which is due out in 2022.

“It is a tremendous honor to welcome Dr. Franks to campus for Constitution Day,” said Mark Rush, director of the Center for International Education and Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law. “Her work is vitally important as the nation learns to address the impact of technology on the interaction between civil liberties and civil rights. ‘The Cult of the Constitution’ is a masterful, provocative work that will make any reader pause and reconsider the scope and definition of rights. As well, at a time when technology can be used in such a virulent manner to amplify harm caused by speech to the most vulnerable members of society, Franks forces all Americans to confront the need to update the law to address 21st century challenges and realities.”

Her talk at W&L is co-sponsored by the Center for International Education, the Williams School, the Office of the Provost, the Washington and Lee School of Law, and the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics.

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