The AHA Society is hosting a series of events today and tomorrow throughout the city to celebrate Hamilton’s birthday. As part of those events, I’m giving a talk on the Croswell case and Hamilton’s role in the evolution of freedom of press in the early American Republic. If you’re in town, come check it out today at 2:30 PM in Federal Hall (26 Wall Street) in Lower Manhattan.
Link to information on all the events: https://www.smore.com/jddf-happy-birthday-hamilton-2014
TALK: ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND THE EVOLUTION OF FREE SPEECH IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC: FROM ZENGER TO CROSWELL
WHEN: FRIDAY, JAN. 10TH, 2:30PM
WHERE: 26 WALL STREET, NEW YORK, NY
Pooja Nair, Harvard Law graduate and legal associate of Foley & Lardner LLP of Los Angeles, will be speaking on Alexander Hamilton’s role in establishing the precedent of free speech in the United States.During his work as a lawyer, Hamilton argued on behalf of journalist Harry Croswell (People v. Croswell) that truthful statements should not be considered libel. Though the judges deadlocked in trial, Hamilton’s arguments were written into New York law the following year. Learn more about the precedents that Alexander Hamilton set in the courtroom in Ms. Nair’s talk.
The talk will be held at Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.