Ronald Collins

  • Harold S. Shefelman Scholar

Contact

Email: rklc@u.washington.edu

Ronald   Collins

Education

J.D. Loyola Law School B.A. University of California

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law — Contracts — First Amendment

Recent Courses

LAW A 501 Contracts

Selected Papers

  • Ronald Collins & David M. Skover, The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons (Oxford University Press 2017). 265 pages.

— See the expanded list below for more publications.


Professor Collins is the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the UW School of Law. He specializes in First Amendment law, constitutional law, and the law of contracts. Before coming to UW in 2010, he was a scholar at the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (law review) and his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara (political philosophy). He clerked for Justice Hans A. Linde on the Oregon Supreme Court and was a Supreme Court Fellow under Chief Justice Warren Burger. After working with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Collins was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. Thereafter, he taught constitutional law and commercial law at several leading schools, including George Washington University Law Center and Temple Law School.

He is the editor of The Fundamental Holmes: A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and the co-author of We Must not be Afraid to be Free: Stories about Free Speech in America (Oxford University Press, 2011). His other co-authored works include The Death of Discourse (2d ed. 2005) and The Trials of Lenny Bruce (2002). He is also the editor of The Death of Contract (1995) and Constitutional Government in America (1980). His numerous articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Harvard, Stanford, and Michigan law reviews and the Supreme Court Review. Collins was selected as a Norman Mailer Fellow in fiction writing with a residence in Provincetown (Winter, 2010), this in connection with a forthcoming novel and collection of short stories.

He is also the book editor for SCOTUSblog and the Journal of Legal Education, the editor-in-chief of FIRE's online First Amendment Library, the founder and co-chair of the First Amendment Salons, and co-founder and co-executive director of the History Book Festival (Lewes, DE 2017).

In 2012, Professor Collins received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the editors of the Washington Law Review. In 2012 the American Society of Legal Writers conferred an award on him for his book We Must Not Be Afraid to be Free (with Sam Chaltain).

In 2013, Professor Collins published three books: Nuanced Absolutism: Floyd Abrams and the First Amendment, followed by Mania: The Story of the Outraged & Outrageous Lives that Launched a Generation (with David Skover), followed by On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (with Skover).

In 2017, Oxford University Press will publish The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons, followed by a Cambridge University Press book, Robotica: Free Speech & the Discourse of Data (both with Skover).

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Essay, And Yet It Moves--The First Amendment and Certainty, 48 Hastings Const. L.Q. 229-71 (2018).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & Hon. Harry T. Edwards, On Legal Scholarship: Questions for Judge Harry T. Edwards, 65 J. Legal Educ. 637-60 (2016).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & Lisa G. Lerman, Disclosure, Scholarly Ethics, and the Future of Law Reviews: A Few Preliminary Thoughts, 88 Wash. L. Rev. 321-31 (2013).

  • Ronald K.L.Collins, Foreword, Exceptional Freedom--The Roberts Court, the First Amendment, and the New Absolutism, 96 Alb. L. Rev. 409-66 (2013).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Books by Supreme Court Justices, 38 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 94-117 (2013).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Guardians of Knowledge in the Modern State: Posts Republic and the First Amendment, 87 Wash. L. Rev. 369-95 (2012).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Comedy & Liberty: The Life & Legacy of Lenny Bruce, 79 Soc. Res. 61-86 (2012).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Paratexts as Praxis, 37 Neohelicon 33-51 (2010).

  • Workshop on the Future of the Legal Course Book, 33 Seattle U. L. Rev. 292-345 (2010) (Ronald K.L. Collins contributor).

  • Ronald Collins, Mark Lopez, Tamara Piety & David Vladeck, Corporations and Commercial Speech, 30 Seattle U. L. Rev. 895-930 (2007).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Foreword: To Americas Tomorrow--Commerce, Communication, and the Future of Free Speech, 41 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1-39 (2007).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Steven H. Shiffren, Erwin Chemerinksy & Kathleen M. Sullivan, Thoughts on Commercial Speech: A Roundtable Discussion, 41 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 333-57 (2007).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Curious Concurrence: Justice Brandeis' Vote in Whitney v. California, 2005 Sup. Ct. Rev. 333-97.

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, What Is War?: Reflections on Free Speech in "Wartime," 36 Rutgers L.J. 833-60 (2005).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Foreword, The Landmark Free-Speech Case That Wasn't: The Nike v. Kasky Story, 54 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 965-1047 (2004).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Lenny Bruce & the First Amendment: Remarks at Ohio Northern University Law School, 30 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 15-34 (2004).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Free Speech, Food Libel, & the First Amendment . . . in Ohio, 26 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 1-56 (2000).

  • Nadine Strossen & Ronald K.L. Collins, The Future of an Illusion: Reconstituting Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 15 Const. Comment. 587-93 (1999).

  • Should Cyberspace Be a Free Speech Zone?: Filters, "Family Friendliness," and the First Amendment. Panel I: Direct/Government Regulation of the Internet, 15 N.Y. L. Sch. J. Hum. Rts. 1, 22-34 (1998) (Ronald K.L. Collins panelist).

  • Collins & Skover, Afterword: New "Truths" and the Old First Amendment, 64 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1295-311 (1996).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Gilmore's Grant (Or the Life & Afterlife of Grant Gilmore & His Death), 90 Nw. U. L. Rev. 7-31 (1995).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, A Letter on Scholarly Ethics, 45 J. Legal Educ. 139-42 (1995).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Essay, Commerce and Communications, 71 Tex. L. Rev. 697-746 (1993).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Psychology of First Amendment Scholarship: A Reply, 71 Tex. L. Rev. 819-32 (1993).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Review Essay, Pissing in the Snow: A Cultural Approach to the First Amendment, 45 Stan. L. Rev. 783-806 (1993) (reviewing James B. Twitchell, Carnival Culture: The Trashing of Taste in America (1992)).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Pornographic State, 107 Harv. L. Rev. 1374-99 (1993-94).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Paratexts, 44 Stan. L. Rev. 509-52 (1992).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Hans Linde and His 1984 Judicial Election: The Primary, 70 Or. L. Rev. 747-813 (1991).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The First Amendment in an Age of Paratroopers, 68 Tex. L. Rev. 1087-126 (1990).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The First Amendment in Bold Relief: A Reply, 68 Tex. L. Rev. 1185-83 (1990).

Books or Treatises

  • Ronald Collins & David M. Skover, Robotica: Preseving the Rights of Speech with Machines (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

  • Ronald Collins & David M. Skover, The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons (Oxford University Press 2017). 265 pages.

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, When Money Speaks: The McCutheon Decision, Campaign Finance Laws, and the First Amendment (Top Five Books 2014). 254 pages.

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (Cambridge University Press 2013). 179 pages.

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, Mania: The Story of the Outraged & Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution (Top Five Books 2013). 464 pages.

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Nuanced Absolutism: Floyd Abrams & the First Amendment (Carolina Academic Press 2013). 240 pages.

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & Sam Chaltain, We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America (Oxford University Press 2011). 439 pages.

  • The Fundamental Holmes: A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader (Ronald K.L. Collins ed., Cambridge University Press, 2010). 417 pages.

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon (Sourcebooks Media Fusion 2002).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Death of Discourse (Westview Press 1996).

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, Dictating Content: How Advertising Pressure Can Corrupt a Free Press (Center for the Study of Commercialism 1992).

  • Constitutional Government in America: Essays and Proceedings from Southwestern University Law Review's First West Coast Conference on Constitutional Law (Ronald K.L. Collins ed., Carolina Academic Press 1980).

Book Chapters

  • Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, The Digital Path of the Law, in Legal Education in the Digital Age 13-33 (Edward Rubin ed., Cambridge University Press 2012).

Professional Publications

Other Publications

  • Ronald K.L. Collins, The Liberal Divide & the Future of Free-Speech Law, B.U. L. Rev. Annex (Oct. 21, 2015).

  • Speaker, "A Conversation with Adam Liptak", The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons, (November 12, 2017)

  • Speaker, Judging the Judges: A Candid Conversation Between Judge Alex Kozinski, Professor Ronald Collins, and Professor David Skover, Los Angeles County Bar Association (October 19, 2017)

  • Speaker, Speech and Counter-Speech on Campus: Rights & Responsibilities, University of Washington, Race & Equity Initiative (January 10, 2017)

  • Moderator, "The Centrality of the First Amendment", with Judge Richard Posner and Prof. Geoffrey Stone, First Amendment Salon, Yale Law School, Information Society Project (May 16, 2016)

  • Speaker, "The Roberts Court & the Arc of the First Amendment", Washington State Appellate Education Conference, (April 3, 2016)

  • Panelist, "Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: The New Assaults on Campaign Speech", Preserve the Constitution, The Heritage Foundation (September 18, 2014)

  • Panelist, "Speech Rights: Legal History as Intellectual History", 2012 Conference and Annual Meeting, Society for U.S. Intellectual History (November 1, 2012)

  • "The Codification of the Clear and Present Danger Test", Constitutional Law Colloquium: How Democratic Is the Constitution?, Loyola Law School (November 5, 2010)

  • "Holmes's Legacy: The Contemporary Significance of the Clear and Present Danger Test", Annual Meeting, American Political Science Association (September 2, 2010)