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First Dual-Degree Student Graduates in May

The first student to complete the dual-degree program offered under the auspices of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy will graduate May 8, 2011.  The student, Nora Sullivan, will recieve a J.D. from the UNC School of Law and a master’s degree from the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Nora worked as a staff writer on the First Amendment Law Review during the 2009-2010 academic year and served as the journal’s executive editor in 2010-2011.  Her note, “Insincere Apologies: The Tenth Circuit’s Treatment of Compelled Speech in Public High Schools,” was published in the Spring 2010 edition of the journal.

Nora also was awarded the third- place student paper prize in the Law and Policy Division at the 2009 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium.

During the school year, Nora worked as the graduate assistant for the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and was awarded a Roy H. Park Fellowship from the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  She held the following summer jobs: research assistant for UNC School of Law Professor Deborah Gerhardt; intern for Hon. Carol A. Dalton, associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; and summer fellow for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

After graduation, Nora will serve as a law clerk for Hon. Carol A. Dalton in Washington, D.C.


Research prizes and presentations

Six UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate students and one faculty member have had media law research papers accepted for presentation at the Southeast Colloquium for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Columbia, S.C., March 17-19, 2011.  Among their papers are the first and second-place prize winners in the student paper competition.

These are the authors and the titles of their papers:

  • Jonathan D. Jones (M.A./J.D. dual-degree student), top student paper, “Personal Jurisdiction and Internet Libel:  Why the First Amendment Should Have a Role in the Decision to Exercise Jurisdiction.”
  • Roxanne Coche (Ph.D. student), second-place student paper, “Blurring and Tarnishment:  How Federal Court Have Applied the 2006 Trademark Dilution Revision Act Standards.”
  • Scott Parrott (Ph.D. student), “Does ‘Free Press’ Mean It’s Free to Use?  Fair Use and the Unauthorized Reproduction of News Content Online.”
  • Gillian Wheat (master’s student), “Retransmission Consent:  An Exploration of its Past, Present and Future.”
  • Lydia E. Wilson (master’s student), “Felony Use of an Audio-Enabled Video Phone or Political Speech?  All-party Consent Anti-Wiretapping Statutes and the Public’s Right to Monitor Police Work.”
  • Stephanie Soucheray-Grell (master’s student), “The Drug-Maker and the Doctor:  Recent FDA Warning Letters and Direct-to-Professional Promotional Speech.”
  • Debashis “Deb” Aikat, associate professor, with Nikhil Moro of the University of North Texas, “Adjudicating Libel:  Freedom of Expression Theory in the Digital Age.”

Congratulations, everyone!