"The First Amendment is our blueprint for personal freedom and the lifeblood of our constitutional democracy."
“When Professor David Hudson speaks, teachers listen. David's knowledge and insights on several court cases involving the First Amendment and the impact of court decisions on the law and public policy have provided teachers more resources and ideas to deliver meaningful lessons on the First Amendment. David speaks in ways that engages, motivates, and inspires teachers and students alike. David is always welcomed and invited to speak at our future workshops and conferences. Additionally, his book, Let the Students Speak! A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools, is an excellent summer reading assignment!"
"Without a doubt, the road to learning about the First Amendment goes through David Hudson. I had David speak on First Amendment issues to over 300 educators and students, as well as the general public. He spoke at our NH State Social Studies Conference and was easily a crowd favorite. He also led a session on the First Amendment that was open to the public, which included first amendment icons John and Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier. His passion and knowledge kept participants glued to every word he spoke. He has the ability to interject present issues with the content of past issues. Although his presentation is extremely content rich, even novice teachers can understand the concepts and ideas because he finds a way to reach all audiences. I would highly recommend David for any presentation and look forward to working with him again!"
"Everyone of our teachers and mentors valued hearing Professor David Hudson speak about the First and Fourth Amendments. They appreciated the cases cited, his depth of knowledge, his availability to answer questions and the real life examples. They will now teach their hundreds of students so much more with the increased content they now have because of listening to Professor Hudson."
"Scholarship coupled with the ability to explain intricate details of constitutional law and legal writing is a unique set of skills possessed by this most admired professor of law. His ability to capsulize legal writing in a way that enables the law student to understand and practice the art professionally was undoubtedly a key ingredient in my passage of the bar examination. He is a proven scholar in the area of first amendment law and one on whom I would never hesitate to call to discuss matters regarding speech or fourth amendment topics. Those who have the opportunity to sit within the sound of his voice walk away with a fundamental understanding of the bell weather points of lawful expression. I am most grateful to have had the chance to study these very important areas of law under the guidance of Dr. Hudson."
David L. Hudson, Jr. is the “Teacher’s Teacher.” David is a First Amendment expert, author of more than 40 books, and law professor by profession, but his true gift is educating students, educators, professors, and citizens on the First Amendment, School Law, and the Civil Rights Movement. The Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement considers David a valuable tool in fulfilling our mission to provide youth with the knowledge and skills needed to become engaged citizens.
"I first heard Professor Hudson speak to public school teachers on the First Amendment and was impressed with his depth of knowledge and passion for the topic. He thoroughly engaged the audience with his enthusiastic presentation and personal stories dealing with free speech issues in the public schools. Later as a member of the University of Nevada, Reno College of Education Diversity Committee, I recommended Professor Hudson as a speaker during the college’s celebration of American Education Week. He came to campus and presented to a large group of faculty and students on the topic of Fundamental Free-Speech Principles & How They Apply (And Should Apply) On Campus. Again, he was a dynamic speaker and impressed the audience with his knowledge and obvious passion for Free Speech. He was very approachable and thoughtful in his question and answer segment. I left the session impressed with his ability to related to both high school and college and university audiences. I recommend him as a speaker."