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David S. Ardia

Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Media Law and Policy

Education

  • LL.M., Harvard University (2007)
  • J.D. (summa cum laude), Syracuse University (1996)
  • M.S., Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1995)
  • B.S., Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management, Clarkson University (1989)

David Ardia is an assistant professor of law at the UNC School of Law and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He also holds a secondary appointment as an assistant professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is the faculty co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. Before joining the UNC faculty, he founded and directed the Berkman Center’s Digital Media Law Project. Prior to going to Harvard, Professor Ardia was assistant counsel at The Washington Post, where he provided pre-publication review and legal advice on First Amendment, newsgathering, privacy, intellectual property, and general business issues.

Professor Ardia served as a law clerk for Judge Conrad Cyr on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Judge Thomas McAvoy on the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. After clerking, he practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, where he handled a range of intellectual property and media litigation. While at Williams & Connolly, he also performed pre-publication libel review for the National Enquirer and In Touch Weekly.

Professor Ardia is a former member of the Newspaper Association of America’s Legal Affairs Committee and is a current member of the Online News Association’s Legal Advisory Board and the First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. Since 2011, Professor Ardia has been a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools’ Mass Communication Law Section and currently serve as Chair-Elect of the section. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, United States Supreme Court, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Professor Ardia’s research focuses on examining the impact of new information technologies on law and society, particularly the role that intermediaries play in shaping the environment for speech and how legal and social forces act upon those intermediaries. He teaches Torts, Media Law, Media Law Practicum, and Internet Law.

You can follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

Curriculum Vitae PDF

Selected Publications

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  • Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Injunctions, 55 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, BEPress]
  • Free Speech Savior or Shield for Scoundrels:  An Empirical Study of Intermediary Immunity Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 43 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 373 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Government Speech and Online Forums:  First Amendment Limitations on Facilitating and Moderating Public Discourse on Government Websites, 2010 BYU L. REV. 1981 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Reputation in a Networked World:  Revisiting the Social Foundations of Defamation Law, 45 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 261 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Bloggers and Other Online Publishers Face Increasing Legal Threats, POYNTER ONLINE (Sept. 22, 2008). [Document Link]
  • Does the Emperor Have No Clothes?  Enforcement of International Laws Protecting the Marine Environment, 19 MICH. J. INT'L L. 497 (1998). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • What Can You Say?  A Look at Your Free Speech Rights in School (co-authored with K. Gorman), THE NEXT STEP, Summer 1997, at 40.
  • Dolan v. City of Tigard:  Takings Doctrine Moves Onto Unpaved Ground, 24 REAL EST. L.J. 195 (1996). [Westlaw]
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