© Hugh M. Hefner Foundation 2019
  • Instagram - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle

"THE FIRST AMENDMENT GUARANTEES FREEDOM OF SPEECH

AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. AND YOU CANNOT HAVE

A FREE SOCIETY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE BOTH."

-Hugh M. Hefner

THE HUGH M. HEFNER

FIRST AMENDMENT AWARDS

The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards, a program of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, were established by Christie Hefner, former Chairman and CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc., in 1979 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. Since the inception of the awards, more than 150 individuals, including high school students, lawyers, librarians, journalists, and educators, have been honored.

The Award winners, many of whom are unsung heroes, have traditionally come from the areas of journalism, education, book publishing, law, and government, as well as motion pictures, television, and theatre. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished judges.

2019 First Amendment Awards Highlights

OUR 2019 HONOREES

399 Greg Lukianoff with Award.jpg

For his book, "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure" (co-authored with Jonathan Haidt).

BIO

Book Publishing

GREG LUKIANOFF

For his book, "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure" (co-authored with Greg Lukianoff).

BIO

Book Publishing

JONATHAN HAIDT

380 Christian Bales with Award.jpg

For creatively and inspirationally expressing his free speech rights in delivering his valedictory speech after his school tried to suppress it.

 

BIO

Education

CHRISTIAN BALES

For her fight against school censorship and for her investigative reporting on her school's lack of sexual misconduct records for its teachers.

 

BIO

Journalism

GRACE MARION

For successfully representing CNN and Jim Acosta in bringing First Amendment claims against President Trump and forcing the White House to restore Mr. Acosta's press credentials.

BIO

Law

TED BOUTROUS, JR.

An internationally recognized epidemiologist, for his outspoken defense of science education and climate change, despite the risk of termination from the CDC.

BIO

Government

DR. GEORGE LUBER

For his lifelong devotion to constitutional law and for protecting freedom of speech and of the press from infringement by the government.

 

BIO

Lifetime Achievement

FLOYD ABRAMS

Greg Lukianoff acceptance
Christian Bales acceptance
Grace Marion acceptance
Ted Boutrous acceptance
George Luber acceptance
Floyd Abrams acceptance

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Christie Hefner is a passionate advocate for freedom of expression, social justice, and opportunities for women. She launched the First Amendment Awards in 1979.

President, Hugh M. Hefner Foundation

CHRISTIE HEFNER

Christie Hefner Opening & Closing Remarks

THE 2019 JUDGES

Neal Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a Partner at Hogan Lovells. He previously served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 37 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States with 35 of them in the last nine years. At the age of 48, he argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than any minority attorney, breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall. His numerous distinctions include: the Edmund Randolph Award (U.S. Dept. of Justice); The Litigator of the Year by American Lawyer (2017); Appellate MVP by Law360 (most recently in 2017); winner of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards (2017); and 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010).

Michael B. Keegan is president of People for the American Way and People for the American Way Foundation. An arts and free expression advocate, he created Artists for the American Way to enlist artists’ support for the organizations’ work. Michael led the creation of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! Project, which holds candidates accountable for anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric. And he spearheaded the launch of the Next Up Victory Fund to help elect diverse leaders under age 40 to state and local offices to help build the bench of progressive leaders across the country.  Michael has been a long time LGBT+ activist and was a founding national board member of The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD).

Karen Tumulty is a columnist and former national political correspondent for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2010 from Time magazine. During her more than 15 years at Time, Tumulty wrote or co-wrote more than three dozen cover stories. She also held positions with Time as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent. Before joining Time in 1994, Tumulty spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics from Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Tumulty received the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting; the National Press Foundation Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence; and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.