Lili Levi

Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar

J.D. 1981, Harvard Law School
A.B. 1977, Bryn Mawr College

Lili Levi
Phone: (305)284-2289
Office: G471

Lili Levi is a Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar at Miami Law, where she has taught since 1987. She served as the school’s inaugural Vice Dean for Intellectual Life from August 2019 to July 2021. Levi earned an A.B. summa cum laude and departmental honors in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1977 and a J.D. cum laude in 1981 from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Before joining the Miami Law faculty, she worked as a litigation associate with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, principally on antitrust matters. Following that, she went in-house as Broadcast Counsel with CBS, Inc., focusing on pre-publication review and regulatory issues before the FCC.

Professor Levi’s scholarship focuses primarily on communications and media law. Levi has published over 30 articles in well-recognized journals, including peer-reviewed titles. Considered a rigorous scholar and leader in media and press law scholarship, Levi’s early work principally concerned itself with FCC public interest regulation. Having then turned her attention to legal issues surrounding transnational libel and social media, Levi’s recent work—including articles on media literacy, “fake news,” litigation funding and native advertising—focused on exploring the legal and other crises facing the press. Her ongoing work on law, the press and practices of accountability journalism touches on violence against the press, the growth of a sophisticated plaintiff’s defamation bar, and the impact of NDAs and pre-publication review on the ability to conduct “watchdog” journalism. She has also written on copyright law.

Professor Levi teaches Business Associations, Copyright Law, and Media Law. She has previously taught International Copyright Law and Defamation and Privacy Law.

Levi is an elected member (and, as of 2020, a Life Member) of the American Law Institute. She was also inducted into the University of Miami Chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society in 1996. Active in the AALS Section on Communication, Media and Information Law, Professor Levi served as its chair in 2019 and spearheaded the Section’s renaming.


Media Literacy Beyond the National Security Frame, 2020 Utah L. Rev. 941 (2020).

The New Separability, 20 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 709 (2018).

Real "Fake News" and Fake "Fake News", 16 First Amend. L. Rev. 232 (2018).

The Weaponized Lawsuit Against the Media: Litigation Funding as a New Threat to Journalism, 66 Am. U. L. Rev. 761 (2017).

A “Faustian Pact”? Native Advertising and the Future of the Press, 57 Ariz. L. Rev. 647 (2015).

Taming the "Feral Beast”: Cautionary Lessons from British Press Reform, 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 323 (2015).

Journalism Standards and "The Dark Arts”: The U.K.’s Leveson Inquiry and the U.S. Media in the Age of Surveillance, 48 Ga. L. Rev. 907 (2014).

“Smut and Nothing But”: The FCC, Indecency, and Regulatory Transformations in the Shadows, 65 Admin. L. Rev. 509 (2013).

The Problem of Trans-National Libel, 60 Am. J. Comp. L. 507 (2012).

Social Media and the Press, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1531 (2012).

Addressing “Libel Tourism”, Transnational Culture in the Internet Age 55 (2012).

Plan B for Campaign-Finance Reform: Can the FCC Help Save American Politics After Citizens United?, 61 Cath. U. L. Rev. 97 (2011).

A "Pay or Play" Experiment to Improve Children's Educational Television, 62 Fed. Comm. L.J. 275 (2010).

First Reports: The FCC's Regulation of Indecency, First Amendment Center (2008).

The Four Eras of FCC Public Interest Regulation, 60 Admin. L. Rev. 813 (2008).

Chairman Kevin Martin on Indecency: Enhancing Agency Power, 60 Fed Comm. L. J. F. 19-38 (2008).

In Search of Regulatory Equilibrium, 35 Hofstra L. Rev. 1321 (2007).

A New Model for Media Criticism: Lessons from the Schiavo Coverage, 61 Array U. Miami L. Rev. 665 (2007).

Re: Person I Knew, 58 U. Miami L. Rev. 973 (2004).

Professionalism, Oversight, and Institution-Balancing: The Supreme Court's "Second Best" Plan for Political Debate on Television, 18 Yale J. on Reg. 315 (2001).

Reporting the Official Truth: The Revival of the FCC's News Distortion Policy, 78 Wash. U. L.Q. 1005 (2000).

Reflections on the FCC's Recent Approach to Structural Regulation of the Electronic Mass Media, 52 Fed. Comm. L.J. 581 (2000).

On the Mixed Cultures of Regulation and Deregulation, 38 Jurimetrics 515 (1998).

Sex, Violence, Children and the Media: Legal, Historical and Empirical Perspectives, 5 CommLaw Conspectus 341 (1997).

The FCC, Indecency, and Anti-Abortion Political Advertising, 3 Vill. Sports & Ent. L.J. 85 (1996).

Not With a Bang But a Whimper: Broadcast License Renewal and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, 29 Conn. L. Rev. 243 (1996).

Challenging the Autonomous Press, 78 Cornell L. Rev. 665 (1993).

The Hard Case of Broadcast Indecency, 20 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 49 (1993).

Dangerous Liaisons: Seduction and Betrayal in Confidential Press-Source Relations, 43 Rutgers L. Rev. 609 (1991).

Racialized, Judaized, Feminized: Identity-based Attacks on the Press, First Am. L. Rev. 51.

 Presentations & Awards

The First Amendment and the Supreme Court: Annual Review of the First Amendment Decisions of the Supreme Court’s October Term 2019 (June 19, 2020)

Drama, Danger and Self-Defeat: Diagnosing What Faces“ the Press (January 3, 2020)

The Role of Social Media and Journalism in Election Outcomes (February 7, 2020)

News, Information, and Discussion of Matters of Public Concern in a Social Media Age (October 18, 2019)

Digital and Social Media Issues (March 11, 2019)

President Trump and Freedom of the Press: Two Years In (June 4, 2019)

The First Amendment and the Supreme Court: Annual Review of the First Amendment Decisions of the Supreme Court’s October Term 2018 (June 28, 2019)

Transparency After Trump: A Reform Agenda (October 12, 2018)

The First Amendment and the Supreme Court: Annual Review of the First Amendment Decisions of the Supreme Court’s October Term 2017 (June 15, 2018)

Fake News and Press Delegitimation: A Legal Lens, Fake MM ’18 workshop (April 12, 2018)

Symposium on “Media Law and Journalism: Protecting Democracy's Safeguards” (September 15, 2017)

Real "Fake News" and Fake "Fake News" (October 27, 2017)

Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands (March 2, 2017)

The First Amendment and the Supreme Court (June 26, 2017)

Trump and the First Amendment (August 2, 2017)

The New Separability--Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands (August 10, 2017)

Copyright and AI (October 19, 2016)

Florida Forum on Litigation Funding (November 11, 2016)


The First Amendment and the Supreme Court: Annual Review of the First Amendment Decisions of the Supreme Court’s October Term 2014 (June 25, 2015)

The Press and the Constitution 50 Years after New York Times v. Sullivan (November 6, 2013)

Haifa Workshop on Digital Networks and Democratic Discourse (November 10, 2013)

The First Amendment and the Supreme Court: Annual Review of the First Amendment Decisions of the Supreme Court’s October Term 2012 (June 26, 2013)

Michigan State College of Law IP/Communications Speaker series (December 4, 2013)

The Right to Know: Privacy vs. Transparency in the U.S. and the E.U. Conference (April 5, 2013)

Symposium on Fowler & Brenner’s A Marketplace Approach to Broadcast Regulation (April 16, 2013)

Lili Levi
Phone: (305)284-2289
Office: G471
Faculty Assistant

Hernandez, Alina

Phone: (305) 284-9211
Office: C223

Area of Expertise

  • Copyright Law
  • First Amendment
  • Media Law