David Hudson

Fellow for the First Amendment

David Hudson is a fellow for the First Amendment at the Freedom Forum, where he focuses on a variety of issues including free speech, student rights and Supreme Court history. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited 50 books and previously spent 17 years as an attorney and scholar at the First Amendment Center. Hudson teaches First Amendment and constitutional law at the Belmont University College of Law where, in 2022, he was awarded the University Scholarship Award for superior research and the law school’s Faculty Scholarship Award. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University Law School and the Nashville School of Law where, in 2018, he was awarded its Distinguished Faculty Award.

David Hudson


Assistant Professor of Law, Belmont College of Law


  • A.B., Duke University
  • J.D., Vanderbilt Law School

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6 Key First Amendment Rulings from the 2021-22 Supreme Court Term

The Supreme Court’s October 2021 term was an eventful one for those concerned about the First Amendment and its freedoms. The court heard cases involving: A man on death row…

Perspective: Students, Parents and Free Speech Win in Cheerleading Case

Snapchatting cheerleader lands significant victory for student First Amendment rights.
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The First Amendment Protects the Unsavory – and All of Us Too!

Many of our most important First Amendment freedoms have been advanced thanks to unsavory characters.

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