Michael won the 2012 Roll of Honor Award for, among other things, his work as General Counsel of The Media Coalition.
Bamberger is perhaps best known for the landmark case Hudnut v. American Booksellers Association, a challenge to an Indianapolis anti-pornography ordinance that outlawed “graphic, sexually explicit subordination of women, whether in pictures or in words,” presenting women as sex objects, or as enjoying pain, humiliation or servility. In 1985, the Supreme Court affirmed the lower courts’ decisions to strike down the ordinance as unconstitutional.
In addition to his work at Media Coaltion and his position as partner at SNR Denton law firm, Bamberger serves as adjunct professor of law at Cardozo Law School and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He is author of 2000’s "Reckless Legislation: How Lawmakers Ignore the Constitution."
THANK YOU, Michael A. Bamberger, for your decades of leadership in advancing the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Thank you for your work as general counsel of The Media Coalition from 1977 to today. Your vision, legal brilliance, and eloquence have helped overturn dozens of federal, state, and local laws that would censor art and information in this country. The Freedom to Read Foundation is proud to be a longstanding partner in these efforts.
Thank you, Michael, for your defense of our right to read books and magazines, watch movies and videos, play videogames, and experience the Internet without fear of prosecution. Librarians and library patrons everywhere owe you a debt of grati¬tude for defending our ability to provide and receive access to constitu-tionally protected materials.
Thank you for your service as an educator at Cardozo Law School and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Thank you as well for your many articles on a wide scope of First Amendment issues and for your invaluable book, Reckless Legislation: How Lawmakers Ignore the Constitution.
Thank you, Michael, for embodying the spirit of the FTRF Roll of Honor by your unwavering adherence to our founding principles.
Kenton Oliver, President Barbara M. Jones, Executive Director