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Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer: Charlottesville and the Politics of Hate

Rodney A. Smolla

Abstract

This personal and frank book offers an insider's view on the violent confrontations in Charlottesville during the “summer of hate.” Blending memoir, courtroom drama, and a consideration of the unhealed wound of racism in our society, the book shines a light on the conflict between the value of free speech and the protection of civil rights. The author has spent his career in the thick of these tempestuous and fraught issues, from acting as lead counsel in a famous Supreme Court decision challenging Virginia's law against burning crosses, to serving as co-counsel in a libel suit brought by a fr ... More

Keywords: Charlottesville, racism, free speech, civil rights protection, Unite the Right rally, alt-right groups, hate speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rodney A. Smolla, author
Widener University