Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, has been awarded the 2014 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for law. He was selected, per the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, who presents the awards, for "presenting key issues of the impact of the attacks of 9/11 on First Amendment rights to middle and high school students" in his book National Security and Free Speech: The Debate Since 9/11. The awards will be presented on May 20 at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
In addition, Thomas Healy, author of The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America, won the award for book publishing.
Established in 1979, the awards seek to "honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans."