Floyd Abrams

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Floyd Abrams:

B.A., Cornell; J.D., Yale. Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Chair of several American Bar Association Committees on freedom of speech and of the press. Visiting lecturer, Yale Law School; instructor, Columbia University School of Law; adjunct professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; co-counsel to The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case; cases argued before Supreme Court include Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart, Landmark Communications v. Virginia, Smith v. Daily Mail, Nixon v. Warner Communications, Herbert v. Lando, Metromedia v. San Diego, CBS v. F.C.C., Harper & Row v. The Nation, and United States v. Providence Journal. Source

Addressing a committee at Columbia University in 2005, Prof. Joseph Massad had this to say about Floyd Abrams:

I am very concerned about the choice of Floyd Abrams as your advisor, a position whose mandate has not been made public. Mr. Abrams is publicly identified with pro-Israeli politics and activism. He has spoken at fund raisers for causes in Israel, has worked and consulted with the Anti-Defamation League, one of the parties campaigning against me, and received a major award from it in 2003, the Hubert H. Humphrey Award, and has endorsed the book The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz who has been speaking publicly in lectures and to the media against me, in the context of the ongoing witch-hunt, alleging that I support terrorism. In his blurb endorsing Dershowitz’s book, Abrams states:
“In a world in which Israel seems always to be the accused, regardless of the facts, Alan Dershowitz's defense offers an oasis of sanity and straight talk. It may be too much to hope that Israel's accusers will read this powerful and persuasive response to their charges. It is not at all too much to ask that fair-minded observers do so.”
Given these statements by Abrams, the decision to appoint him as advisor to this committee conveys at the least the appearance of partiality.Source
Abrams is married to an Israeli [1]

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