Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, J.D.

Professor & Associate Dean of International Programs


Professor Lyrissa Lidsky joined the faculty of the University of Florida's Levin College of Law in 1994, after clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She currently holds the Stephen C. O'Connell Chair in Law and is the law school’s Associate Dean for International Programs. She teaches Mass Media Law, First Amendment Law, and Cyberlaw. Her research focuses on the intersection of Cyberlaw and the First Amendment, and she is the co-author, with Marc Franklin and David Anderson, of the most widely adopted Mass Media Law casebook in American law schools. She has also co-authored a First Amendment Law casebook and a reference book on Freedom of the Press. Her research on social media includes law review articles in leading journals, with titles such as Incendiary Speech and Social Media; How Not to Criminalize Cyberbullying, and Public Forum 2.1: Public Higher Education Institutions and Social Media, all of which are available at Her research on anonymous speech has been cited in opinions by state and federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. She blogs at PrawfsBlawg,, and tweets about Communications Law. She is an Editorial Board Member of Communications Law and Policy, a peer-reviewed law journal. She has previously been selected the UF Law’s teacher of the year, both by students and by a committee of her colleagues. She is a member of the Florida Bar.