Neil Richards, JD, professor of law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, was one of six people elected to a two-year term on the Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees in April.
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is a nonprofit legal and educational organization that protects both the First Amendment and the rights of libraries to collect, and provide access to, information.
Richards’ academic and legal work focuses on First Amendment and privacy law. His recent book “Intellectual Privacy” (Oxford University Press, 2015) stresses the importance of free speech and privacy and explains the complex relationship between these two areas of civil liberties.
“I firmly believe that libraries and their commitment to the intellectual freedom of their patrons have been and must continue to be an essential part of our society’s commitment to intellectual freedom,” Richards said in a statement for FTRF.