Media Law and IP Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning

One of the biggest annual events at the UNC School of Law is the Festival of Legal Learning. This year’s multi-day convocation of legal geekery comprises 30 different continuing legal education (CLE) sessions over four days. For the past few years, the Center for Media Law and Policy has helped with the selection and coordination of sessions that cover Media Law and Intellectual Property subjects.

This year’s festival, which takes place on February 2-5, will be entirely remote, so you can kick back at home and partake in one of the best CLE programs in the country.  Although the festival is much smaller this year, there are at least 10 sessions that touch on media law and IP topics, ranging from the law of protests to cybercrime. And the list of speakers is a who’s who of the top media and IP lawyers in the state. You can see a list of these folks and descriptions of their sessions on the law school’s event page.

Here are just a few of the sessions available at the festival this year:

Tuesday, Feb. 2

  • 12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM + Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: What Does It Do, Who Wants to Change It, and How Does It Affect You? 
  • 3:45 PM  –  4:45 PM + Plenary: The Law of Protests and the Right to Assembly

Wednesday, Feb. 3

  • 2:30 PM  –  3:30 PM + The Complicated Legal Realm of the NCAA and Student-Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Rights
  • 3:45 PM  –  4:45 PM + Plenary: 2020 Post-Election Analysis

Thursday, Feb. 4

  • 12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM + The State of the News Media
  • 12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM + Introduction to Open Source and the Year in Review
  • 2:30 PM  –  3:30 PM + Recent Developments in Cybercrime Law

Friday, Feb. 5

  • 12:15 PM  –  1:15 PM + Constitutional Hardball: What We Learned from the Trump Presidency
  • 2:45 PM  –  3:45 PM + Privacy Implications of COVID Response Technologies
  • 4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM + Plenary: U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 Term

You will not want to miss the final plenary session on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 Term, which includes Adam Liptak from the New York Times; Mary-Rose Papandrea, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UNC School of Law; Andy Hessick, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law; Alli Larsen, Professor of Law and Director, Institute of the Bill of Rights Law at William & Mary Law School; Richard A. Simpson from Wiley Rein, LLP; and Rick Su, Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law.

To register for the Festival, please visit their registration page.


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