Earlier this year Mr. Kaufman participated in a seminar on defamation and First Amendment sponsored by the Law Review at the Widener Law School in Wilmington Delaware. Title of the program was: “THE FIRST AMENDMENT, DEFAMATION, AND PRIVACY IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA AGE”
In June 2017, Mr. Kaufman will be leading a seminar for alumni on academic freedom at his alma mater, Hamilton College.
Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Cantwell recently reported on the decision of the New York Court of Appeals upholding the criminal conviction of the son of a university professor for criminal impersonation and forgery after he was found to have engaged in an elaborate internet campaign to discredit and attack scholars who disagreed with his father. See“New York Court of Appeals Refuses to Dismiss Criminal Conviction for Online Impersonation,” MLRC MediaLawLetter, May 2014, at 10-13. The case involved constitutionally significant issues, such as whether the statutes under which the defendant criminalized constitutionally protected speech and should have been struck down.