The Silha Center is gearing up for what it hopes will be the first of many gatherings of professional editors and reporters, mass media attorneys, and communications scholars. Our National Media Ethics and Law Conference, on April 17, 18, and 19 at Minneapolis' Regal International Hotel, features three panels with some of the nation's leading First Amendment lawyers, prominent journalists, and well-known ethics and law researchers.
The Conference is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association's Media Law and Defamation Torts Committee, and we have made application with the State Board of Continuing Legal Education so that lawyers may be able to receive CLE credit for attending. The Minnesota Journalism Center also is a Conference co-sponsor.
New Technology and the Law
While the Conference begins with a Friday evening reception on April 17, the panels will be on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's 9:30-11:30 a.m. panel focuses on New Technology and the Law. Moderated by Prof Everette E. Dennis of Fordham University's Graduate School, Session I will examine:
Included on the Session I panel are Prof. Jerome A. Barron of George Washington University, Ann Kappler of Jenner & Block, Prof. Donald Pember of the University of Washington, and Prof. Robert Trager of the University of Colorado.
Convergence of Legal and Ethical Issues
Saturday's 2-4 p.m. panel addresses the Convergence of Legal and Ethical Issues, focusing on such issues as:
Chaired by Prof Theodore Glasser of Stanford University, Session II's panelists include Prof. Clifford G. Christians of the University of Illinois, Prof. Deni Elliott of the University of Montana, Dean Timothy Gleason of the University of Oregon, and Prof. Louis W. Hodges of Washington & Lee University.
Sunday's 9:30-11:30 a.m. panel on Newsgathering is moderated by James Goodale of Debevoise and Plimpton. Focusing on Newsgathering, Session III examines:
Session III panelists include John Borger of Faegre & Benson, Joanne Byrd of the
Seattle Post- Intelligencer, James Naughton of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and John J. Walsh of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
A question and answer session will follow each panel. In all three sessions, panelists' formal papers will be collected and published in a book to be given to each participant attending the National Media Ethics and Law Conference. Additional books may be ordered at a cost of $60 each.
A banquet (black tie optional) dedicated to the contributions of Donald M. Gillmor, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law will be given Saturday night, April 18, at 6:30. A blue-colored Conference information and registration form is included with this Bulletin. If your form is missing, please contact the Silha Center at (612) 625-3421 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. -WILLIAM A. BABCOCK
Director, Silha Center11/13/09