Science, Censorship, and the Pandemic | Phil in the Blanks

May 19, 2020 | Mentions

Dr. Phil invited Jackson Walker partners Nancy Wells Hamilton and Chip Babcock to speak on the Phil in the Blanks podcast about online censorship and First Amendment rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having worked with Nancy and Chip for over 20 years, Dr. Phil said, “I’ve seen both of them in the trenches, I’ve seen them in the courtrooms, and I have incredible respect for both of them and their defense of people’s right to have a voice in America.”

Regarding censorship on social media, Chip noted: “I’m a First Amendment purist, and I think more speech is better. Now, these [online] platforms are being drawn into making decisions about the content that’s being posted.”

Nancy added, “I don’t think people want to hear each other, frankly. If it’s an opposing view, they don’t want to hear it, and that’s really a shame.”

To listen to the podcast, view “Science, Censorship And The Pandemic.”

Meet Chip

Charles L. Babcock is a nationally recognized trial and appellate attorney. Chip’s practice experience includes bet-the-company litigation, First Amendment litigation, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, government investigations, media litigation, and appellate litigation. In addition to receiving the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation, Chip has been named a “25 Greatest Texas Lawyer of the Past Quarter Century” by Texas Lawyer and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Meet Nancy

Nancy W. Hamilton has appeared in federal and state courts for clients such as CNN, Oprah Winfrey, and CBS, Inc. Her practice experience involves First Amendment, intellectual property, complex commercial, and media litigation. Nancy is a frequent writer and lecturer on trial tactics and media law. Nancy has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America list for Litigation – First Amendment since 2012.

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Charles L. Babcock
Partner, Houston

Nancy W. Hamilton
Partner, Houston