Paul Jones, UNC clinical associate professor and director of ibiblio, was the keynote speaker for The First Amendment Law Review’s annual symposium at the School of Law. Co-sponsored by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, the 2009 symposium focused on Cyberspeech and featured prominent scholars and experts from around the country.
Toni Locy, former USA Today reporter who won the 2008 National Press Club Freedom of the Press Award for protecting her confidential sources for stories written about the 2001 anthrax attacks, gave a public lecture at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication about the federal court proceedings to compel her to reveal her sources and the role of confidential sources for journalists investigating the government. Locy, who now is the Reynolds Professor of Legal Reporting at Washington & Lee University, also met with graduate students and faculty to discuss her court case. A dinner with the speaker and guests followed her speech.
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Miklos Haraszti, the Hungarian writer, journalist and human rights advocate who is the Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), gave a public lecture at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also met with graduate students enrolled in the school’s media law seminar.
The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy welcomed two of the nation’s pre-eminent electoral law experts – law professor Bradley A. Smith, former chair of the Federal Election Commission, and attorney Lawrence M. Nobel, who served as FEC general counsel from 1987-2000 – to debate campaign finance reform and government attempts to regulate political advertising funded by corporations and other private organizations. A dinner for guests and the speakers followed the lecture.
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Speakers: Bradley A. Smith, Professor, Capital University School of Law
Lawrence M. Noble, Attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP, in Washington, D.C.
Moderator: Professor William P. Marshall, UNC School of Law
Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin J. Martin spoke at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of the first public event associated with the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. A reception and dinner for guests was held the evening before the lecture.