Ronald K.L. Collins, Harold S. Shefelman Scholar
Ronald K.L. Collins, a scholar at the First Amendment Center in Washington, DC, has joined the UW School of Law as the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar. "We are delighted to have Ron join our distinguished ranks," said Kellye Testy, Dean and James W. Mifflin University Professor of Law, "and are eager to tap into the rich wellspring of his ideas as he works with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni."
Collins is a nationally renowned authority on First Amendment and constitutional law. For the past decade he has been a scholar at the First Amendment Center. Testy said that Collins will help establish a new and significant presence in Washington, DC by helping to organize a variety of programs there, as well as draw on his scholarly and practical experience to teach constitutional law at the UW.
James Swanson, author of the best-selling Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer and senior legal scholar at the Heritage Foundation, described Collins as "a dynamo. He has an enormous energy level, which is wonderfully and ably complemented by the creative insights he brings to his projects. His signposts point to an even more promising future."
Collins' latest books include The Fundamental Holmes: A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader and We Must not Be Afraid to be Free: Stories of Free Speech in America. He also co-authored The Trials of Lenny Bruce, which the Los Angeles Times selected as one of the best books of 2002, and The Death of Discourse, which was widely reviewed in scholarly journals, including the Harvard Law Review. His academic writings have appeared in law reviews from Harvard, Stanford and Michigan universities, and in the Supreme Court Review. He has published articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Nation. Recently, Collins was selected as a Norman Mailer Fellow in fiction writing (Winter, 2010) for a forthcoming novel and collection of short stories.