Sold Out Davis Levin First Amendment Conference Plans Statewide Simulcast


Live conversation with Edward Snowden (via video link from Moscow, Russia) and his attorney, Ben Wizner to be simulcast statewide and to web

  • Watch live, Saturday, 2/14/15 noon to 1:30 p.m., HST:
    Akakū Maui Community Media: Channel 55
    Nā Leo ‘O Hawai‘i Community Access Television (Hilo and Kona): Channel 54
    Ho‘ike Kaua‘i Community Television: Channel 54
    ‘Ōlelo Community Media (Oahu): Channel 54
    On the web:

HONOLULU – A statewide and online simulcast is planned for the sold-out Davis Levin First Amendment Conference (“Conference”) happening Saturday, February 14th in the Kalākaua Ballroom of the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will appear live via video link from Moscow, Russia, while Ben Wizner, his attorney and Director of the national ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project will be live in the ballroom. The conversation will focus on the balance of government secrecy in wartime with the public’s right to know, and the implications of this balance on free speech in America. Moderated by Aviam Soifer, Dean of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law.

Event founder Mark Davis said: “The Conference is now sold out, with over 800 people expected, and we are excited to announce that individuals throughout Hawaii and the world can still get a front row seat as it happens. With the expert help of ‘Ōlelo Community Media and the University of Hawaiiʻs Interactive Video Service, this important event and rare opportunity for Hawai`i is now available throughout Hawaii and the world.”

During the event, organizers will monitor Twitter for questions and comments flagged with the #DLFAC2015 hashtag. Selected questions, along with notes from the audience in the ballroom, will be sent to the moderator on stage. Following the event, all comments and questions received during the event will be sent to the speakers.

The Davis Levin First Amendment Conference is a lively, civil discussion between prominent constitutional thinkers fostering awareness & dialogue about the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, underwritten by the Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation. Established as a public education project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation in 1997 with grants from the Robert M. Rees Trust & the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston, the Conference is named for attorneys Mark S. Davis & Stanley E. Levin for their work defending the First Amendment in Hawai‘i. Prior speakers include Daniel Ellsberg, Kenneth Starr, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Ralph Reed, Nadine Strossen, and Jay Sekulow.