A Washington, D.C., attorney and Wabash College graduate will deliver the inaugural keynote address during the school’s Public Discourse Summit next week.
David E. Kendall, ’66, a partner at Williams & Connolly, will highlight aspects of free speech in the digital age in his address “The First Amendment and the Internet: Was Mark Twain Right?”
Kendall’s legal experience ranges from constitutional law to intellectual property and copyright issues. He was an attorney for President Bill Clinton through the independent counsel investigation and his Senate impeachment trial, and he recently represented the motion picture and recording industries in copyright and IP cases against file-sharing companies like Napster and Grokster.
Kendall’s speech opens the summit, which is a gathering to highlight free speech rights and individual responsibilities. The summit coincides with Free Speech Week, a national nonpartisan event celebrating the value of the freedom of speech. The events also include Wabash College’s preliminary moot court competition Oct. 25.
Kendall’s speech is at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in Baxter Hall Room 101. It is free and open to the public.