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Dean Lyrissa Lidsky

University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law


Dean Lyrissa Lidsky is dean of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law and Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law. The focus of her research and teaching is the intersection of Tort Law and the First Amendment, with an emphasis on free speech issues in social media. 

A prominent Media Law scholar, she is co-reporter on the Restatement of Defamation and Privacy, co-author of a leading Media Law casebook, a First Amendment casebook, and a reference book on press freedom. She has published dozens of articles, culminating in her recent article in the California Law Review titled Considering the Context of Online Threats. Her work on anonymous speech has been cited by a number of state supreme courts and the highest courts of Canada and Hong Kong.