First: First? Less cryptically, the first and main question that I shall explore in today's McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment is whether that amendment is genuinely first - first in fact, first in law, and first in the hearts of Americans. In the process of exploring this question, I also hope to shed some light on the meaning of this amendment in particular and the nature of constitutional interpretation in general.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Amar, Akhil, "The First Amendment's Firstness" (2014). Faculty Scholarship Series. 5126.