Ronald K.L. Collins

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Harold S. Shefelman Scholar


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Representative Publications

Books or Treatises

Ronald Collins & David M. Skover, The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons (Oxford University Press 2017). 265 pages.

Ronald Collins & David M. Skover, Robotica: Free Speech & Intelligence (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, When Money Speaks: The McCutheon Decision, Campaign Finance Laws, and the First Amendment (Top Five Books 2014). 254 pages.

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (Cambridge University Press 2013). 179 pages.

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Mania: The Story of the Outraged & Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution (Top Five Books 2013). 464 pages.

Ronald K.L. Collins, Nuanced Absolutism: Floyd Abrams & the First Amendment (Carolina Academic Press 2013). 240 pages.

Ronald K.L. Collins & Sam Chaltain, We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America (Oxford University Press 2011). 439 pages.

The Fundamental Holmes: A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader (Ronald K.L. Collins ed., Cambridge University Press, 2010). 417 pages.

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon (Sourcebooks Media Fusion 2002).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Death of Discourse (Westview Press 1996).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Dictating Content: How Advertising Pressure Can Corrupt a Free Press (Center for the Study of Commercialism 1992).

Constitutional Government in America: Essays and Proceedings from Southwestern University Law Review's First West Coast Conference on Constitutional Law (Ronald K.L. Collins ed., Carolina Academic Press 1980).

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Ronald K.L. Collins, Essay, "And Yet It Moves"--The First Amendment and Certainty, 48 Hastings Const. L.Q. 229-71 (2018).

Ronald K.L. Collins & Hon. Harry T. Edwards, On Legal Scholarship: Questions for Judge Harry T. Edwards, 65 J. Legal Educ. 637-60 (2016).

Ronald K.L. Collins & Lisa G. Lerman, Disclosure, Scholarly Ethics, and the Future of Law Reviews: A Few Preliminary Thoughts, 88 Wash. L. Rev. 321-31 (2013).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Books by Supreme Court Justices, 38 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 94-117 (2013).

Ronald K.L.Collins, Foreword, Exceptional Freedom--The Roberts Court, the First Amendment, and the New Absolutism, 96 Alb. L. Rev. 409-66 (2013).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Guardians of Knowledge in the Modern State: Post's Republic and the First Amendment, 87 Wash. L. Rev. 369-95 (2012).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Comedy & Liberty: The Life & Legacy of Lenny Bruce, 79 Soc. Res. 61-86 (2012).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Paratexts as Praxis, 37 Neohelicon 33-51 (2010).

Workshop on the Future of the Legal Course Book, 33 Seattle U. L. Rev. 292-345 (2010) (Ronald K.L. Collins contributor).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Steven H. Shiffren, Erwin Chemerinksy & Kathleen M. Sullivan, Thoughts on Commercial Speech: A Roundtable Discussion, 41 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 333-57 (2007).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Foreword: To America's Tomorrow--Commerce, Communication, and the Future of Free Speech, 41 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1-39 (2007).

Ronald Collins, Mark Lopez, Tamara Piety & David Vladeck, Corporations and Commercial Speech, 30 Seattle U. L. Rev. 895-930 (2007).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, What Is War?: Reflections on Free Speech in "Wartime," 36 Rutgers L.J. 833-60 (2005).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Curious Concurrence: Justice Brandeis' Vote in Whitney v. California, 2005 Sup. Ct. Rev. 333-97.

Ronald K.L. Collins, Lenny Bruce & the First Amendment: Remarks at Ohio Northern University Law School, 30 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 15-34 (2004).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Foreword, The Landmark Free-Speech Case That Wasn't: The Nike v. Kasky Story, 54 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 965-1047 (2004).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Free Speech, Food Libel, & the First Amendment . . . in Ohio, 26 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 1-56 (2000).

Nadine Strossen & Ronald K.L. Collins, The Future of an Illusion: Reconstituting Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 15 Const. Comment. 587-93 (1999).

Should Cyberspace Be a Free Speech Zone?: Filters, "Family Friendliness," and the First Amendment. Panel I: Direct/Government Regulation of the Internet, 15 N.Y. L. Sch. J. Hum. Rts. 1, 22-34 (1998) (Ronald K.L. Collins panelist).

Collins & Skover, Afterword: New "Truths" and the Old First Amendment, 64 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1295-311 (1996).

Ronald K.L. Collins, A Letter on Scholarly Ethics, 45 J. Legal Educ. 139-42 (1995).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Gilmore's Grant (Or the Life & Afterlife of Grant Gilmore & His Death), 90 Nw. U. L. Rev. 7-31 (1995).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Pornographic State, 107 Harv. L. Rev. 1374-99 (1993-94).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Review Essay, Pissing in the Snow: A Cultural Approach to the First Amendment, 45 Stan. L. Rev. 783-806 (1993) (reviewing James B. Twitchell, Carnival Culture: The Trashing of Taste in America (1992)).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Psychology of First Amendment Scholarship: A Reply, 71 Tex. L. Rev. 819-32 (1993).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Essay, Commerce and Communications, 71 Tex. L. Rev. 697-746 (1993).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Paratexts, 44 Stan. L. Rev. 509-52 (1992).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Hans Linde and His 1984 Judicial Election: The Primary, 70 Or. L. Rev. 747-813 (1991).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The First Amendment in Bold Relief: A Reply, 68 Tex. L. Rev. 1185-83 (1990).

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The First Amendment in an Age of Paratroopers, 68 Tex. L. Rev. 1087-126 (1990).

Book Chapters

Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Digital Path of the Law, in Legal Education in the Digital Age 13-33 (Edward Rubin ed., Cambridge University Press 2012).

Professional Publications

Andrew Hamm, Ask the Authors: When "Machiavellian" Is a Compliment, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 30, 2017, 11:29 AM) (an interview with Ronald Collins and David Skover).

Ronald K.L. Collins, From Prisoner to Professor: Shon Hopwood Joins Georgetown Law Faculty, Concurring Opinions (Apr. 10, 2017).

Ronald Collins, Ask the Author: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words . . . and Then Some, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 22, 2016) (a question-and-answer exchange with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, who worked with Justice Ginsburg on My Own Words) .

Ronald Collins, An End-of-the-Year Round-Up of Books about the Court--Its Most Recent Term, Its Jewish Justices, Its Law Clerks, Its History, and Its Treatment of Bankruptcy Law, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 21, 2016).

Ronald Collins, Ask the Author: Adler and Others on "Business and the Roberts Court," SCOTUSblog (Nov. 28, 2016).

Ronald K.L. Collins, FAN (First Amendment News, Special Series #3) Newseum Institute Program on Apple-FBI Encryption Controversey Scheduled for June 15th, Concurring Opinions (May 19, 2016).

Ronald K.L. Collins, An Interview with Robert Weil, Wash. Indep. Rev. of Books (Apr. 5, 2016).

Floyd Abrams & Ronald K.L. Collins, Confronting TrumpAn American Debate Censorship Cannot Stop, Concurring Opinions (Dec. 18, 2015).

Ronald K.L. Collins, The Speech & Press Clauses of the First Amendment, Del. Law., Winter 2011/2012, at 8-11.

Robert Corn-Revere & Ronald K.L. Collins, The Roberts Court and the Fight for First Amendment Freedoms, A.B.A. Sec. Litig. First Amendment & Media Litig. (Mar. 17, 2011).

Ronald K.L. Collins, Prologue: Justice Holmes -- Father of the Modern First Amendment, Soc. Sci. Res. Network (Oct. 25, 2009).

Book Reviews

Ronald Collins, Justice Scalia's Living Words, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 26, 2017, 10:16 AM) (reviewing Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived (2017)).

Works in Progress

Ronald K.L. Collins, "And Yet It Moves"The First Amendment & Certainty (University of Washingon Sch. of Law Research Paper No. 2013-28).


Ronald K.L. Collins, The Liberal Divide & the Future of Free-Speech Law, B.U. L. Rev. Annex (Oct. 21, 2015).

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