First Amendment Freedom in the Trump Era
Horatio Ellsworth Kellar Distinguished Visitor Program Lecture
Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and host of The Beat, speaks on the legal and practical challenges to free speech in the Trump era. Melber, a former First Amendment litigator, explores how the president’s approach to the press—including a political strategy of emphasizing disputes with reporters and sowing confusion over what constitutes factual journalism—poses challenges for citizens and reporters alike.
Ari Melber, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, writer, and attorney, is the host of The Beat with Ari Melber, airing nightly on MSNBC.
Melber also serves as MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and an NBC News legal analyst, reporting on law and justice stories across all NBC platforms and providing legal analysis for programs such as Today and The Rachel Maddow Show, among others. Melber received a 2016 Emmy Award for his reporting on the Supreme Court.
Melber also regularly guest-hosts for MSNBC anchors such as Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Hayes, and Brian Williams, and he previously hosted MSNBC’s weekend program The Point with Ari Melber.
Before joining MSNBC, Melber spent four years practicing First Amendment law and served as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate. He is a former columnist for Politico and Reuters, and his writing has been published in several books and a variety of news outlets, including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Nation and the New York Daily News, among others.
Melber received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is a member of the New York Bar.
The late Curtis B. Kellar, Class of 1940, established the Horatio Ellsworth Kellar Distinguished Visitors Program in memory of his father in 1996. In keeping with his father’s many interests, Curtis Kellar’s desire was to support an interdisciplinary lecture series at the Law School that would connect emerging issues in the law with other disciplines, such as art, drama, and literature. Mr. Kellar retired in 1981 as an associate general counsel of Mobil Oil Corp. He served on the board of directors of the Law Alumni Association and the Board of Visitors of the Law School.
A reception will follow the lecture in Auerbach Commons.