Since the mid- 1980s I have offered a free speech course at the Yale Law School. Almost all the essays in this volume have evolved from the passionate debates that occurred in that course, and I wish to thank the many, many students who participated in them -- those who egged me on as well as those who fiercely resisted. Two of those students -- Andrew L. Shapiro and Olivier S. Sultan, both of the class of 1995 -- first conceived of this collection and were primarily responsible for putting it all together. I am enormously grateful to them, not just for their intelligence and good will but also for the joyful hours we spent working together. This book and the essays in it also benefited from views and efforts of a great number of colleagues, friends, assistants, and editors: Bruce Ackerman, Amy M. Adler, Akhil Reed Amar, Jennifer K. Brown, Patricia L. Cheng, Sunny Yao-Chung Chu, Joshua Cohen, Gadi Dechter, Elizabeth E. deGrazia, Charles Fried, Mark K. Friedman, Gayton P. Gomez, Matthew S. Haiken, Donald W. Hawthorne, Daniel G. Hildebrand, Jamie Kalven, Alvin K. Klevorick, Christopher Kutz, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Burke Marshall, Frank I. Michelman, Nina T. Pirrotti, Robert C. Post, Monroe E. Price, George L. Priest, Richard C. St. John, Thomas Scanlon, Reva B. Siegel, Robert James Slaughter, David F. Solomon, Anne P. Standley, Martin J. Stone, and Cass R. Sunstein. Glancing at the circle that surrounds me, I feel blessed. On that note let me once again single out my secretary, Lorraine E. Nagle, for her extraordinary contribution to this volume and my work in general. She is responsible for much of the esprit that engulfs us all.
Owen M. Fiss