Comedy and the Law in America
January 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Laura E. Little
Law Professor, Temple University
This talk provides an overview of how comedy and law intersect. By examining humor’s effect on law and law’s effect on humor, the talk explores the relationship among legal rules, matters of taste, and ethical considerations. The talk will also review many current First Amendment issues and will analyze the effect of satire on the current political climate in the United States and elsewhere.
Laura Little is the James G. Schmidt Chair in Law and Senior Advisor to the Dean at Temple’s Law School, specializing in constitutional law, conflict of laws, and federal courts. An award winning teacher and scholar, she has taught in Rome, Tokyo, Beijing, and beyond. Professor Little has written numerous books and articles–most recently: Guilty Pleasures: Law and Comedy in America (Oxford 2018). The American Law Institute appointed her to serve as Associate Reporter for the next restatement on conflict of laws. Professor Little practiced law in Philadelphia and was a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court.