- News Writing
- Communication Law
- Free Speech
- Free Press
- Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
- Supreme Court Historical Society
- Society of Professional Journalists
- Virginia Coalition for Open Government
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Ph.D. University of North Carolina
- M.A. University of North Carolina
- B.A. Western Carolina University
Awards and Honors
Top Three Faculty Paper in Law, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, annual convention, Kansas City, MO., July 30 – Aug. 2, 2003.
Top Faculty Paper in Law, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, March 3-6, 1994, Charleston, S.C.
Henry M. Phillips Research Grant in Jurisprudence, American Philosophical Society, 1993.
Mass Communication Law in Virginia, 3d ed. Stillwater, Okla.: New Forums Press, 2001, 210 pp.
Mr. Justice Brennan and Freedom of Expression. New York: Praeger, 1991, 194 pp.
Communication and the Law, 2014 Edition. W. Wat Hopkins, ed. Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, under contract. Published each January since 1998.
“Snyder v. Phelps and the Unfortunate Death of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress as a Speech-Based Tort,” 3 Journal of Media Law and Ethics 1-36 (2012).
“When Does F*** Not Mean F***?: FCC v. Fox Television Stations and a Call for Protecting Emotive Speech,” 64 Federal Communications Law Journal 1-45
“Snyder v. Phelps, Private Persons and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress: A Chance for the Supreme Court to Set Things Right,” 9 First Amendment Law Review 149-92 (Fall 2010).
“Cross Burning Revisited: What the Supreme Court Should Have Done in Virginia v. Black and Why it Didn’t,” 26 Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal (COMM/ENT) 269-315 (No. 2, 2004).