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Clay Calvert - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Clay Calvert Clay Calvert

Professor and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Calvert is an expert in communications law.


Dr. Calvert, a member of the State Bar of California, is an expert in communications law, First Amendment law, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and mass media law. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 law journal articles on topics related to freedom of expression. He has published articles in journals affiliated with the law schools such as Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Georgetown, New York University, University of California Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania. As director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, Calvert has filed, as counsel of record, multiple friend-of-the-court briefs with the United States Supreme Court.

Industry Expertise (2)

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Areas of Expertise (3)

Communications Law

First Amendment

Media Law

Media Appearances (5)

In push against ‘indoctrination,’ DeSantis mandates surveys of Florida college students’ beliefs

The Washington Post  online


Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida’s Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, said the law raises a crucial question: Why a survey? “I think the answer is that it is being mandated because it gives a conservative state legislative body a tool to withhold funding from a university that, based upon the survey results, seems to discriminate against conservative viewpoints,” he said in an interview.

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Florida's Economy 'On a Really Positive Trajectory,' Critical Race Theory, and Taking on Big Tech

WLRN  online


"What we're talking about here is a First Amendment right not to speak or write – not to be compelled to host content that an entity such as Twitter or Facebook does not want to hold, said Clay Calvert, director of the Brechner First Amendment Project at University of Florida. "That's what's happening here. It's the state of Florida telling these entities you must post the content of candidates who violate your terms of use in terms of service and you can't deplatform them."

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Why You Should Care About Florida's New Social Media 'Deplatforming' Law

Inc.  online


"This is really red-state Florida versus liberal Silicon Valley, California," says Clay Calvert, a law professor at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law and College of Journalism and Communications. "There's a lot of political symbolism in adopting this."

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Did DeSantis violate First Amendment with Fox News-only bill signing?

Tampa Bay Times  online


Because the bill signing was a “public proceeding,” DeSantis should not have been able to limit which news outlets could cover it, said Clay Calvert, a University of Florida law professor and director of the school’s First Amendment Project. People who don’t have a cable subscription or who don’t watch that network wouldn’t have seen it. “Unless you’re watching Fox, you’re going to be denied access to information,” Calvert said. “That’s troubling regardless of the First Amendment issues.”

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Is Twitter violating President Trump's right to free speech? Expert says no

WTSP  online


Clay Calvert, a law professor and the head of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida, says Twitter's suspension of Trump's account is fair game. "The First Amendment only protects us from government censorship, not censorship by private entities," said Calvert, who has co-authored more than 150 law journal articles on issues related to freedom of expression. "In this case, Twitter is a private entity, so the First Amendment really has no bearing at all.

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  • English