The Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media hosted by the Underwood Law Library
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Founded in honor of Professor Ellen K. Solender,
a member of the SMU School of Law Faculty from 1973 - 1994 and
2011 recipient of the Dallas League of Woman Voters' Susan B. Anthony Award.
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The Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law is a unique international resource center, providing materials to researchers from courts, legislatures, bureaucracies, the legal profession, legal education, mass media, and telecommunications services.  It is conveniently located in mid-America and its focus is on media law and issues affecting the free flow of information with some emphasis on problems caused by the differences in the law of various democracies as well as those experienced with emerging democracies.

Free Speech & Press in the News

First Amendment Center  This site, sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Virginia, provides current legal news and analysis of First Amendment issues, including speech and press cases. 

Summaries of selected decisions involving Free Speech and Mass )Media Law (written by SMU law library staff)

Freedom of Speech

First Amendment
  Text & Historical Materials

U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation
Complete text with Annotations of Cases Decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and Historical Notes; prepared by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.
U.S. Congressional Documents & Debates 1774-1873
Provided by the Law Library of Congress.
A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
Provided by the University of Oklahoma Law Center.
Freedom of Expression:  Speech and Press
Annotations to the Bill of Rights provided by FindLaw. 

Web Resources
Freedom of Speech & Press

First Amendment Law Materials
Compiled by Cornell's Legal Information Institute.

A Journalist's Guide to the Federal Courts- A Guide by the  Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is intended to assist reporters assigned to court coverage and includes information about key players and potential interview sources for federal district and appellate courts.

Committee to Protect Journalists
A non-profit, non-partisan organization, "dedicated to the global defense of press freedom".

"The Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), founded in 2000, provides research and analysis on difficult censorship issues, and seeks free speech-friendly solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns."

The First Amendment Center Online
Excellent source for First Amendment news.
"This site is a one-stop portal that describes best practices, consolidates lessons learned, explains campaign strategies and tactics, and links the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world."
Newsroom Law Blog
The Newsroom Law Blog is a website that examines legal issues facing broadcast and print newsrooms.
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
From Bartleby Library Great Books Online 
Online Policy Group
"a nonprofit organization dedicated to online policy research, outreach, and action on issues such as access, privacy, digital defamation, and the digital divide. Additionally, it focuses on Internet participants' civil liberties and human rights, like access, privacy, safety, and serving schools, libraries, disabled, elderly, youth, women, and sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities."

Intellectual Freedom Issues Electronic Privacy Information Center

Banned Books Online

John Locke, Second Treaties on Civil Government

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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room 
The FBI's electronic Reading Room displays frequently requested documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Freedom of Information Center (Univ. of Missouri)

The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

Catalog of SMU's Libraries
Law and non-law books, journals, government documents.

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Freedom of the Press

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
Speech & Press

Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Freedom of the Press
Provided by Cornell University's Legal Information Institute.
Oyez Project Freedom of the Press
U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
Full text of opinions and some RealAudio of oral arguments.   Hosted by Northwestern University.
Lower Courts & State Courts

New First Amendment Cases from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

International Human Rights
Courts and Documents

European Court of Human Rights
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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Organizations Devoted to
 Freedom of  Speech & Press

Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University

Free Expression Network
A network of organizations.  Provides up-to-date news.

Freedom Forum

Institute for First Amendment Studies

National Freedom of Information Coalition

Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas

American Civil Liberties Union
Free Speech News

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

2007 Annual Press Freedom Survey: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press states that the survey, released February 1, 2007, "reports on press freedom in 98 countries and includes the main violations of journalists' rights in 2006 and regional aspects of media and Internet freedom... The report lists the worst violations in repressive countries...but also looks at democracies, where progress needs to be made too." Please follow link to survey.

Electronic Frontiers Australia

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Media Law

Bulletin of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law

Center for Digital Democracy

FAIR: Media and Accuracy in Reporting

Legal Information Institute: Communications Law
Media Law Resource Center

Media Law Libraryfrom International Journalists' Network

Moscow Media Law & Policy Center

The News Media & the Law  published byThe Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Silha Center for the Study of Media Law & Ethics University of Minnesota

Virtual Institute of Information

Telecommunications, Cybercommunications, and Mass Media Research at Columbia University

"Can We Tape?"
A Practical Guide to Taping Phone Calls and In-Person Conversations in the 50 States and D.C.   Produced by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for use by journalists.

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For additional information, contact Gregory Ivy / Associate Director / Underwood Law Library / Dedman School of Law / Southern Methodist University / PO Box 750354 / Dallas, Texas  75275-0354 / USA
(214) 768-1829

Dedman School of Law Southern Methodist University