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Professor Sedlerís Paper Reaches SSRNís Top 10 Download List for LSPLCL: Rights & Liberties

January 15, 2008

Prof. SedlerDETROIT (Jan. 14, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School Professor Robert A. Sedler’s paper entitled, "The First Amendment Right to Silence" was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for LSPLCL: Rights & Liberties (Topic), indicating it has been widely read and circulated by the academic and law communities.

Professor Sedler’s paper discusses five contexts in which the First Amendment protects the right of silence. (1) The right to refuse to disclose one's beliefs and associations to the government. (2) The right to speak anonymously without disclosing one's identity. (3) The right not to be compelled to speak the government's message. (4) The right not to be associated with particular ideas. (5) The right to avoid unwanted communications. 

The SSRN is an online network for academic papers. In advance of paper publications, articles are often posted on SSRN for review by regulators, judges, academics, practitioners and others who are interested. Articles that reach the Top 10 for a subject means the article was one of the most frequently downloaded during the 60 days after it was posted.

To view Professor Sedler’s abstract and download statistics, visit http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=1031505. To view his author page visit http://ssrn.com/author=625380. To view the top ten list for the journal click on its name LSPLCL: Rights & Liberties (Topic) Top Ten and to view all the papers in the journals click on these links link(s) LSPLCL: Rights & Liberties (Topic) All Papers.

Professor Sedler has been at Wayne State University Law School since 1979 where he specializes in Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws. He has published extensively in both of his fields and has litigated a large number of civil rights and civil liberties cases in Michigan, Kentucky and elsewhere, mostly as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

In 1988, he received the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named a Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Wayne State for 1985-87. From 2000-2005, he held the Gibbs Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Professor Sedler has also received awards from the NAACP Kentucky Conference in 1975, the ACLU of Kentucky in 1976, the NAACP Metropolitan Detroit Branch in 1986, the Southwestern Michigan ACLU in 1988, the Metropolitan Detroit ACLU in 1994, and the Oakland County ACLU in 2002. He was the Chairperson of the Michigan State Bar Constitutional Law Committee from 1981 to 1987, and of the Legal Education Committee from 1988 to 1994.

Professor Sedler earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the same university in 1959.

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