Media Advisory: Floyd Abrams to Present UCI Law’s Annual Pryke Lecture


WHAT: Floyd Abrams, one of the leading First Amendment lawyers in the country, will deliver this year’s Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture at UC Irvine School of Law. The lecture will be livestreamed, and a video recording will be available following the event.

WHO: Abrams is a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and litigation practice group. He has a national trial and appellate practice and extensive experience in high-visibility matters, often involving First Amendment, securities litigation, intellectual property, public policy and regulatory issues. Most recently, he prevailed in his argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Senator Mitch McConnell as amicus curiae, defending the rights of corporations and unions to speak publicly about politics and elections in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Abrams’ clients have included The McGraw-Hill Companies in a large number of litigations around the country involving claims against its subsidiary; Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC; and The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case.

WHEN: Monday, November 16, 2015, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1131 (map and directions)

REGISTRATION: The event is free and open to the public; please register online to secure a seat. One hour of MCLE credit is available.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media interested in attending the event should contact Colleen Taricani, UCI Law Assistant Dean for Communications, for a media pass — (949) 824-3063 or

ABOUT THE PRYKE LECTURE: The Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture is an annual lecture series made possible by the late Raymond Pryke, who owned and published Valleywide Newspapers based in the High Desert community of Hesperia, Calif. His deep interest in protecting First Amendment rights led to his endowment of the Raymond Pryke Chair in First Amendment Law and the Pryke Lecture at UCI Law.

ABOUT UC IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW: UCI Law is a visionary law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers and driven by professional excellence, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to enrich our communities through public service. UCI Law is a collegial environment, and our faculty comprises accomplished, nationally ranked thought leaders from around the country with a broad range of expertise. More about the Law School is available at