The Second Letter from the Academic Freedom Alliance to the University of Florida

Keith E. Whittington
The Volokh Conspiracy, Reason Magazine

Excerpt: On October 31, the Academic Freedom Alliance wrote the leadership of the University of Florida explaining that its effort to suppress expert testimony by its faculty in a lawsuit filed against the state of Florida violates its commitments to academic freedom and violates the First Amendment.

The president and provost of the university subsequently announced that the professors could testify, but only if they did so "pro bono on their own time." (It has since been reported that the University of Florida had earlier blocked another professor from testifying in a different lawsuit against the state despite the fact that he intended to do so pro bono and on his own time.) Yesterday the Academic Freedom Alliance sent a second letter to the leadership of the University of Florida explaining that the pro bono restriction still violated the university's stated commitments to academic freedom and the First Amendment.