Professor Heyman is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner. In 1989, he joined the faculty at Chicago-Kent, where he teaches torts, criminal law, constitutional law, and the First Amendment. He has also been a visiting law professor at the University of Colorado, Vanderbilt, and Indiana University–Bloomington. Professor Heyman is a leading First Amendment scholar who has written extensively about freedom of speech and other aspects of constitutional law. In addition to many law review articles, he is the author of FREE SPEECH AND HUMAN DIGNITY (Yale Univ. Press, 2008) and the editor of HATE SPEECH AND THE CONSTITUTION (Garland/Rutledge 1996).
To Drink the Cup of Fury: Funeral Picketing, Public Discourse and the First Amendment, Connecticut Law Review (2012)
In Snyder v. Phelps, the Supreme Court held that the Westboro Baptist Church had a...
The Dark Side of the Force: The Legacy of Justice Holmes for First Amendment Jurisprudence, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2011)
Modern First Amendment jurisprudence is deeply paradoxical. On one hand, freedom of speech is said...
Ideological Conflict and the First Amendment, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2003)
According to the prevailing view, constitutional interpretation ideally should consist in the development and application...
Spheres of Autonomy: Reforming the Content Neutrality Doctrine in First Amendment Jurisprudence, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2002)
In recent decades, the doctrine of content neutrality has become the cornerstone of First Amendment...
Contributions to Books
Hate Speech, Public Discourse, and the First Amendment, Extreme Speech and Democracy (2009)
Compelled Speech, Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008)
The Duty to Rescue: A Liberal-Communitarian Approach, The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials (2004)
The Good Samaritan, Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia (2000)