M. Hefner Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014
Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. Christie
Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy
magazine’s 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have
made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and
enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. The awards will be
presented on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, followed by a reception for past
winners, journalists, government officials, and civic leaders at the
Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed on Norman
Dorsen, who, for more than a half-century, has been at
the forefront of the fight to advance fundamental freedoms and protect
civil rights and civil liberties. Since 1961, Dorsen has taught as the
Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law at New York University
School of Law. He is the co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil
Liberties Program and was the founding director of NYU’s Hauser Global
Law School Program in 1994. Dorsen served as General Counsel of the
American Civil Liberties Union (1969-1976), and then as its president
(1976-1991). Dorsen has argued many Court cases, wrote the brief for Brandenburg
and appeared amicus curiae in the Gideon case, the Pentagon
Papers case and the Nixon Tapes case.
Award winners, many of whom are unsung heroes, come from various walks
of life, including Muneer
Awad (Government), former Executive Director of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter, who successfully
challenged the implementation of an amendment to ban Sharia and
International law that violates the U.S. Constitution and targets
Greenwald (Journalism), political journalist, lawyer,
author, blogger and columnist, who published the first in a series of
reports detailing NSA surveillance programs based on classified
documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Beth Tinker and Mike
Hiestand (Education), for organizing the Tinker Tour,
a national free speech and free press tour to promote the First
Amendment through the stories of young people. This past school year,
the Tinker Tour traveled to schools in 31 states, the District of
Columbia and two countries.
Healy (Book Publishing), author of The Great Dissent:
How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of
Free Speech in America (Henry Holt & Co., 2013). Professor Healy is
a Professor of Law at Seton Hall and teaches Constitutional Law, the
First Amendment and Federal Courts and Criminal Procedure.
Finan (Law), President of the American Booksellers
Foundation for Free Expression, for presenting key issues of the impact
of the attacks of 9/11 on First Amendment rights to middle and high
school students in his book, National Security and Free Speech: The
Debate Since 9/11 (IDEBATE Press, 2013).
This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Christie
Hefner, Chairman and founder of the Hugh M. Hefner First
Amendment Awards. She has been involved in First Amendment,
women’s rights and progressive politics for decades. After twenty years
as Chairman, CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc., Hefner serves on the board
of the Center for American Progress Action, the leading progressive
public policy think tank. She served as Chairman of Columbia
Journalism Review’s 50th Anniversary, working to increase
its influence and effectiveness as a media watchdog; and served on the
board of the Illinois affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union
for more than 20 years. She also served on the boards of The Creative
Coalition and the Nation Institute. In 1987, she was given the ACLU of
Illinois Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression award.
This year’s judges, who in addition to selecting the winners will
present the awards, are equally advocates in defense of the First
Carlson is a journalist at Bloomberg News, where
she writes a column. She is best known for being the first female
columnist at TIME magazine. She was a panelist on CNN’s Capital
Gang for 15 years and covered four presidential elections for TIME.
In 2005, she joined Bloomberg, where she appears weekly on Political
Capital. Carlson served as a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards
judge in 2002.
W. Murphy is serving a second tenure as Director of the ACLU’s
Washington Legislative Office, a position she first held from 1993-2005.
Since returning, Murphy has maintained strong relationships with leaders
in the United States Congress and the Obama Administration to advance
the ACLU’s public policy priorities, including national security,
criminal justice, human rights, privacy, reproductive rights, civil
rights and First Amendment issues.
E. Bertin is the Executive Director of National Coalition
Against Censorship, an advocacy organization that promotes freedom of
thought, inquiry and expression, and opposes censorship in all its
forms. Bertin is a graduate of NYU Law School, where she was a fellow in
the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program. After graduating from
law school, she represented indigent clients as a legal services lawyer,
served on the national legal staff of the ACLU, and taught at Columbia
University and Sarah Lawrence College before returning to legal advocacy.
About the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation
The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation was established to facilitate individual
rights in a democratic society. The primary purpose of the foundation is
to support organizations that advocate for and defend civil rights and
civil liberties, with special emphasis on First Amendment rights and
rational sex and drug policies.
About the Newseum
The mission of the Newseum is to champion the five freedoms of the First
Amendment through education, information and entertainment. One of the
top attractions in Washington, D.C., the Newseum’s 250,000-square-foot
news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends
news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits, and
its Newseum Institute serves as a forum for the study, exploration and
education of the First Amendment. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public
charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations,
including the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit newseum.org
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