The annual Melville B. Nimmer Memorial Lecture is a tribute to a distinguished and extraordinarily popular professor who graced the UCLA School of Law faculty from 1962 until his death in 1985. Professor Nimmer was a brilliant scholar and authority on copyright, entertainment law, and freedom of speech. His four volume treatise on copyright law, first published in 1963, is still regarded as the “gold standard” text in its field and is routinely cited in judicial decisions. His son, David Nimmer, has carried on the responsibility to keep the treatise current and vital. As a civil liberties lawyer, Melville Nimmer won significant victories in freedom of speech cases before both the U.S. and California Supreme Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court case, Cohen v. California in 1971 which vindicated the right of political speech to include even words deemed highly offensive to those who hear them. He sometimes spoke of his civil rights cases, which he handled without pay for the American Civil Liberties Union, as the most satisfying part of his career. Professor Nimmer was an exceptional teacher and a gentle spirit. Those fortunate enough to know him were forever touched by his intellect, humor, and humanity. As a celebration of his life and as a continuation of his work, the Melville B. Nimmer Memorial Lecture, endowed through the generous contributions of his family, friends, colleagues, and former students, brings to the UCLA Law community outstanding legal practitoners, scholars, and theorists for an evening of intellectual insight and fellowship.