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Media Law and Journalism: Protecting Democracy’s Safeguards

Media Law and Journalism: Protecting Democracy’s Safeguards

 

 


Journalists, legal practitioners and scholars will examine the constitutional and other legal safeguards of our free press during the 17th annual Vermont Law Review Symposium, “Media Law and Journalism: Protecting Democracy’s Safeguards,” Friday, Sept. 15, in Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School. The daylong symposium, free and open to the public and press, will be streamed live at vermontlaw.edu/live.

“We encourage community members to join us as we discuss the role of the free press in safeguarding American democracy,” said Vermont Law Review Vol. 42 Symposium Editor Elliot Rosenbaum JD’18. “Our distinguished speakers will tackle the various legal barriers modern journalists face in informing the public as well as the roadblocks preventing public access to the free flow of information.”


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Panels:

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
– Sylvia Duluc-Silva JD’18, Symposium Editor, Vermont Law Review
– Elliot Rosenbaum JD’18, Symposium Editor, Vermont Law Review
Tom McHenry, President and Dean, Vermont Law School
Peter Teachout, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

9:30 to 9:45 a.m. “Foundational Legal Principles: The Constitutional, Statutory, and Common Laws and Rules Concerning Press Access to Information”
Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

9:45 to 11 a.m. Panel I: “Obstacles to Gaining Access to Information: FOIA Litigation and Defending Against Private Litigation”

Moderator: Anne Galloway, Founder and Editor, VTDigger
Panelists:
Victoria Baranetsky, Attorney, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Megan Hunter JD’14, Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services
Lynn Oberlander, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Gizmodo Media Group

11 to 11:15 a.m. Morning Break

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m . Panel II: “Whistleblowers, Leakers, and National Security”
Moderator: Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law
Panelists:
– Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
Heidi Kitrosser, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Sudha Setty, Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law
Mary-Rose Papandrea, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

12:30 to 1 p.m . Lunch

1 to 2 p.m. The Lunchtime Keynote Address
Introduction: Jennifer Taub, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
Keynote Speaker: Lynn Oberlander, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Gizmodo Media Group

2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Panel III: “The Role of Fake News, Propaganda, and Disinformation”
Moderator:
Jennifer Taub, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
Panelists:
Matthew Baum, Professor of Global Communications and Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Department of Government, Harvard University
Tamara Piety, Professor of Law, University of Tulsa School of Law
Brent Kendall, Legal Affairs Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Lili Levi, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

3:30 to 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

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