2020-2021 Teacher Scholar of the Year: Clay Calvert

Clay Calvert is Professor of Law, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida.  He holds a joint appointment with the College of Journalism and Communications and the Levin College of Law.  Calvert has published more than 150 law journal articles related to issues affecting freedom of expression.  He has taught courses on communications and media law for twenty-five years, including ones at the undergraduate, graduate and law school levels.

            Calvert is co-author of a market-leading undergraduate textbook Mass Media Law, 21st Edition (McGraw-Hill Education 2020) and is the author of Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture (Westview Press 2000).  He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Calvert earned a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. with Distinction in Communication.  He received his J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

            Prior to arriving at the University of Florida in 2009, he served as the John & Ann Curley Professor of First Amendment Studies at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.