Jane Bambauer, an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Law, is the first recipient of the Harry W. Stonecipher Award, recognizing top scholarship in communication and free speech law in the previous year.
Professor Bambauer received the award for her article “Is Data Speech?’, published in 2014 in Stanford Law Review. [link to article here: http://www.stanfordlawreview.org/print/article/data-speech] In the article, Professor Bambauer argues that First Amendment protection should extend to data, which has the ability to create knowledge and inspire new opinions. As such, data would be protected against sweeping privacy regulations, though Professor Bambauer suggests that reasonable regulations should still possible under proper Constitutional scrutiny.
This article was chosen among dozens of nominees by the selection committee, comprising communication law scholars from Law and Policy Division of AEJMC. The award comes with a $1,000 prize.
The award was established by professors Kyu Ho Youm and Doug Anderson to honor Dr. Stonecipher, their friend and teacher and a renowned scholar of First Amendment and communication law at Southern Illinois University.
“I am thrilled that Professor Bambuaer has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Stonecipher research award,” Youm said. “She is a most worthy awardee, given that her article is an incisive analysis of a truly game-changing topic in First Amendment law.”
Professor Bambauer will receive her award at the members meeting of the Law and Policy Division at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the annual conference of AEJMC in San Francisco.