Dr. William E. Lee
Dr. Lee teaches Communication Law. His research appears in top legal journals such as the Supreme Court Review. He is a co-author of a top-selling textbook The Law of Public Communication.
Ph.D., (Mass Communications) University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
M.A., (Telecommunications) Michigan State University, 1974
B.A., (Broadcasting) San Jose State University, 1972
Research Interests and Activities
Dr. Lee has published articles on freedom of expression in leading legal periodicals such as the Supreme Court Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vanderbilt Law Review, University of California at Davis Law Review, Iowa Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Emory Law Journal, American University Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Washington University Law Quarterly, Georgia Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Tulane Law Review, University of Florida Law Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, American Journal of Criminal Law, and Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. His work is widely cited in judicial opinions, executive and legislative branch documents, books, law review articles and legal briefs. Dr. Lee is also a co-author of The Law of Public Communication, a textbook used at more than 100 universities and colleges in the United States and other countries.
Abstract: No publishing company has ever been denied First Amendment protection because it was incorporated. In First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, however, the Supreme Court confronted for the first time questions about the impact of corporate identity on the First Amendment protections available to non-media businesses. This Article explains why Justice Powell’s opinion […]Read More
Abstract: Despite the fact that corporations do not have consciences, in recent years the Supreme Court has been presented with the question of whether restrictions on the actions of a corporation abridge the First Amendment conscience rights of shareholders. Although the Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission sidestepped that question, in another […]Read More
Abstract: Despite the fact that corporations do not have consciences, in recent years the Supreme Court has been presented with the question of whether restrictions on the actions of a corporation abridge the First Amendment conscience rights of shareholders. Although the Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission sidestepped that question, in another October […]Read More
Dr. Lee is especially interested in the legal problems of public communication. He primarily teaches Law of Public Communication, but has also taught specialized undergraduate and graduate courses addressing the press and national security, the First Amendment and political campaigns, and telecommunications policy. In 1990 and 1997, Dr. Lee received the outstanding teaching award given by the Grady Graduate Caucus. He received outstanding teaching awards from UGA in 2009 and 2016. He was named a Lothar Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor by the UGA Honors Program in 2018. Dr. Lee served for ten years as a Senior Faculty Fellow of the Foundation Fellows Program, UGA’s most prestigious fellowship program.
Dr. Lee serves as a consultant to media firms, public policy organizations, and law firms throughout the United States. In addition, he has testified as an expert witness in 28 lawsuits involving mass media practices, government control of media markets, and government control of the Internet.