Professor Randy Bezanson: 1946-2014

Professor Bezanson

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Professor Randall P. Bezanson, David H. Vernon Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, passed away January 25 after a long illness.

Professor Bezanson's scholarship spanned the fields of administrative law, constitutional law, first amendment theory, defamation and privacy law, law and medicine, and the history of freedom of the press. Professor Bezanson's teaching centered on constitutional law, freedom of speech and press, and mass communication law, and he also taught in the fields of administrative law, law and medicine, law and journalism, and torts. He authored dozens of articles and several books, drafted Iowa state legislation and uniform laws, and was still participating in the creation of and commentary on legal scholarship at the time of his death. Selected publications available through the University of Iowa Law Library are highlighted below.

University of Iowa College of Law Obituary

Professor Bezanson's SSRN Page

Professor Bezanson's full bibliography [PDF]

Selected Books:

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Libel Law and the Press: Myth and Reality, with Gilbert Cranberg and John Soloski. New York: Free Press, 1987.

Law Library KF1266 .B49 1987

This book received the National Distinguished Service Award for Research in Journalism in 1988 from the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi.
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Reforming Libel Law, ed. with John Soloski. New York: Guilford Press, 1992.

Law Library KF1266 .L53 1992
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Speech Stories: How Free Can Speech Be? New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Law Library KF4770 .B49 1998
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Taking Stock: Journalism and the Publicly Traded Newspaper Company, with Gilbert Cranberg and John Soloski. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 2001.

Law Library PN4888.O85 C74 2001
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How Free Can the Press Be? Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Law Library KF4770.A7 B49 2003
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Art and Freedom of Speech. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Law Library KF4770 .B487 2009



Notable Articles:

“The New Free Press Guarantee,” 63 Virginia Law Review 731 (1977). [HeinOnline]

“‘The Right to Privacy’ Revisited: Privacy, News, and Social Change, 1890-1990,” 80 California Law Review 1133 (1992). [HeinOnline]

“Institutional Speech,” 80 Iowa Law Review 735 (1995). [HeinOnline] [WestlawNext] 

“The Developing Law of Editorial Judgment,” 78 Nebraska Law Review 754 (1999). [HeinOnline] [WestlawNext]

“The Many Faces of Government Speech,” with William G. Buss, 86 Iowa Law Review 1377 (2001). [HeinOnline] [WestlawNext] [SSRN]