Fall Term 2020-2021
2 (2 Contact, 0 Field)
General Enrollment Course
Full Year Course:
Beginning with the fall term 2020, the course will count toward Experiential Learning for graduation requirements. The class will be taught by a trial lawyer with over 30 years experience in representing the media. The focus will be on class participation in experiential exercises, including mock arguments, drafting requests for access to public records and hearings, and mock counseling of media clients on confidential sources, prepublication review of articles and responding to complaints.
The grade will be based on participation in the experiential exercises described above (60%) and a 10-page paper on a topic to be approved by the professor.
"The course is designed to give students insight into representing media clients. The course covers representation of newspapers, television and radio stations in and out of court. The topics covered will include defense of libel and invasion of privacy suits, protection of confidential sources, access to courts and judicial records, access to legislative and executive branch proceedings and records, and government regulation, including net neutrality. Because "media" today includes the ever-expanding internet, the course will address how traditional legal concepts have been adapted to fit the reality of today's internet."