Advisory Board

The center’s advisory board is dedicated to helping set the center’s course. The current members of the advisory board are:

Jonathan E. Buchan

Jonathan E. Buchan is a partner in the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods LLP. He handles a range of civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on media, business defamation, intellectual property and First Amendment issues. In his media practice, he represents The Charlotte Observer, The Fayetteville Observer, WBTV-TV, American City Business Journals and other media clients.

Buchan has been the co-author of the North Carolina section of the Media Law Resource Center’s annual survey on media libel law since the survey was first published in 1982. He has taught seminars on mass media and communications law at Wake Forest University Law School. In 2000, Buchan received the William C. Lassiter First Amendment Award given by the N.C. Press Association in recognition of outstanding efforts advocating open government and the preservation and protection of First Amendment rights. He has experience in handling copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation. Prior to attending law school, he was a political reporter and government editor for The Charlotte Observer.

Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth Cook is the editor of The Salisbury Post and the former president of the N.C. Press Association. Cook joined The Salisbury Post as a reporter in 1978 and has covered many beats from agriculture to politics. She also served as the editor of the lifestyles section, editorial page director and managing editor of the paper prior to earning the position of editor in 1993. She is a graduate of UNC and was named the State Career Women of the Year by the state’s Business and Professional Women in 1995.

Stephanie Crayton

Stephanie CraytonStephanie Crayton is UNC Health Care’s primary media contact person. She also conducts media training with UNC faculty and leads UNC Health Care’s outreach to news media. Prior to joining UNC Health Care in 2001, Crayton was a health reporter at television stations in Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Washington, D.C. She also worked at CNN in Atlanta. In 2006, she won an interactive media award from the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers for the creation of UNC Health Care’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Blog, on which UNC physicians and nurses who were deployed to the Gulf Coast wrote about their experiences.

Deborah R. Gerhardt

Professor Deborah Gerhardt teaches courses in copyright law and trademark law and served as director of the Intellectual Property Initiative at UNC from 2005-09. She concurrently served as Scholarly Communications Director for the UNC University Libraries from 2005-08. Prior to coming to UNC, she clerked for Judge John M. Manos for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, was an associate both at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland and at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va. She also taught as an adjunct professor at William & Mary Law School and served as Associate Director of the Intellectual Property Project at the University of Richmond School of Law.

She teaches intellectual property courses, and her scholarship is in that area as well. She earned an A.B. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree cum laude from Case Western Reserve School of Law. She received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support empirical copyright research beginning in May 2008.

James R. Guthrie

James R. Guthrie is an advertising and marketing consultant to the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) and the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC). He was most recently President and CEO of the National Advertising Review Council (NARC), the predecessor to ASRC charged with fostering truth and accuracy in national advertising through voluntary self-regulation. Jim led NARC through a dramatic expansion into new areas, establishing NARC’s role in examining advertising claims for dietary supplements and working with the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) to develop a self-regulatory program for direct-response advertising. He guided the initiative to address concerns about food advertising and childhood obesity that led to the establishment of a new self-regulatory body among food and beverage advertisers to children. He is the author of “Advertising Self-Regulation” a book for advertising professionals commissioned and published by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s).

Previously, Jim served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, at Petersen Publishing, Co. and was, for 10 years, EVP of Magazine Publishers of America. His advertising career began at Ted Bates & Co., and he’s held leadership positions at a number of advertising agencies, including the former John Emmerling, Inc., where he was President/COO; Foote, Cone & Belding and SSC&B.

Jim has been a guest lecturer on advertising and ethics at the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism, where he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Media Law and Policy. He has also been a participant in the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute (CELI) seminars during which he served on industry panels and moderated group discussions. Jim received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in American Civilization from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, also at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wade Hargrove

Wade Hargrove is a media lawyer whose practice is concentrated in media, telecommunications, Internet, anti-trust, corporate and copyright law. New technologies and associated issues of intellectual property, licensing and contractual negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, and public policy involving the media are significant components of his practice. He serves as counsel to some of the nation’s largest media companies. His regular clients include radio and television broadcast stations, cable television companies, newspapers, Internet and new technology companies, telephone companies, financial institutions and trade associations.

Hargrove has testified before numerous Congressional and state legislative committees on issues involving radio and television broadcasting, cable television, newspapers, copyright law, satellite broadcasting, open government, libel and slander, the First Amendment, and political broadcasting law. He served as special counsel to the U.S. government for treaty negotiations in Geneva on direct satellite-to-home broadcasting and has chaired numerous government and educational boards and commissions.

Hargrove is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America. He was named by The National Law Journal as one of the nation’s leading media lawyers, the only lawyer outside Washington and New York selected for the honor, and has been named by his peers as a North Carolina “Super Lawyer.”

He is a member of the N.C. Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the N.C. Association of Broadcasters and the President’s Cup by the N.C. Cable Telecommunications Association. He also was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State’s highest award for public service.

Hargrove is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Hoefges

Michael Hoefges is an associate professor in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. His research interests include First Amendment commercial and corporate speech issues, freedom of information, commercial access to government records and databases, privacy law for advertisers and marketers, class action notice plans, and advertising and marketing regulation for various products and services including alcohol and tobacco products, gambling, licensed professional services, and regulated drugs and medical devices. He has authored and co-authored articles published in Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, Communication Law and Policy, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, Journal of Marketing and Public Policy, Newspaper Research Journal, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. West Publishing has selected his articles for republication in editions of its annual First Amendment Law Handbook twice.

Hoefges has presented numerous papers at the national conventions of the American Academy of Advertising, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and American Marketing Association (Marketing and Public Policy Conference). He’s been an invited panelist at conferences including the 2005 Richard E. Nelson Symposium at the University of Florida College of Law, the 2007 AEJMC Future of Media Law and Policy workshop televised by C-SPAN and the 2008 Annual Conference of the National Advertising Division. In 2007, he was appointed to the National Advertising Review Board. Hoefges earned his J.D. and Ph.D from the University of Florida and has eight years of experience as a litigation attorney in private practice.

P. Blake Keating

P. Blake Keating is an attorney and vice president of claims for First Media, a division of OneBeacon Professional Partners. First Media is a major media liability insurance company headquartered in Kansas City. Keating also has worked as a litigator and principal in a commercial law firm in Kansas City and has worked more than 16 years exclusively in media law with all types of publishers, broadcasters, film producers, advertisers and advertising agencies.

Keating has authored articles in the newsletter for the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Practising Law Institute, Insurance Journal, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Journal of the Missouri Bar, and publications for the National Association of Broadcasters and various state bar and media associations. He received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor’s degree from Austin College. He is a member of the N.C. State Bar and works from Raleigh.

Anne Klinefelter

Anne Klinefelter came to UNC in 1999 as assistant director for public services in the law library and clinical assistant professor of law. In 2000, she became associate director of the law library, and in 2005 she was promoted to clinical professor of law. In 2007 she became director of the law library and associate professor of law. Prior to coming to UNC, she served as acting director of the law library at the University of Miami and also held positions in the law libraries at Boston University and the University of Alabama. She holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in English and Spanish, a master’s in Library Service and a J.D. from the University of Alabama. She teaches a privacy law seminar and has taught “Advanced Legal Research” and “Introduction to American Law” for foreign exchange students at the UNC School of Law. Her research interests focus on the intersection of library management and law, especially in the areas of the First Amendment, privacy, copyright and licensing. She has made presentations to academic, library and public audiences on a range of topics including library management, access to government information and privacy of library users. Klinefelter has been active in library associations and library education. She is currently vice-chair/chair-elect of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law Libraries and past president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. She also chaired the copyright committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. Klinefelter held leadership roles in two library consortia, serving as chair of the Consortium of Southeastern Academic Law Libraries and of the Triangle Research Libraries Network Council of Directors. Klinefelter has taught Law Librarianship and Legal Research as well as Copyright Law for Librarians in the UNC School of Information and Library Science.

William P. Marshall

William P. Marshall is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law. Marshall joined UNC as a permanent member of the faculty in spring 2001. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Marshall served as deputy White House counsel and deputy assistant to the President during the Clinton Administration, working on issues ranging from freedom of religion to separation of powers. He has published extensively on constitutional law issues and is a nationally recognized First Amendment scholar. He is also a leading expert on federal judicial selection matters and on the interrelationship between media, law and politics. He teaches media law, civil procedure, constitutional law, First Amendment, federal courts and the law of the presidency.

Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin is a communications lawyer, representing clients in traditional and non-traditional media, as well as non-media clients, with Internet, social media, intellectual property, privacy and other speech-based concerns. A partner at Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC, Martin is general counsel to the N.C. Press Association, an organization of approximately 200 N.C. newspapers. For more than 20 years, she routinely has counseled reporters, editors and news directors about avoiding libel suits, gaining access to closed government meetings and records and resisting subpoenas. With the advent of the Internet, Martin expanded her practice to include counseling and representing non-media individuals and organizations with social media issues.

Martin is the co-author of the North Carolina section of the Media Law Resource Center’s annual survey on privacy law, co-author of the North Carolina section of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Open Government Guide, and co-editor of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook, to which she also contributes the chapter on access to public meetings. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at media law forums and workshops and regularly contributes articles to legal, media and other publications.  Martin has taught as an adjunct instructor of media law at the UNC School of Law, the UNC School of Media and Journalism and Campbell Law School.

Martin’s professional activities include serving as a member of the Newsgathering Committee of the Media Law Resource Center, former chairman of the N.C. Bar Association’s Constitutional Rights and Responsibility Section Council and a former director of the Wake County Bar Association and editor of its newsletter.

Cathy Packer

Cathy Packer is the W. Horace Carter Distinguished Professor  in the UNC School of Media and Journalism where she teaches media law and Internet law to undergraduate and graduate students. She conducts research on public and media access to government information, and the rights of journalists to refuse to reveal their confidential sources and information in court. Packer has worked on free press projects in Albania, Jordan and Russia.

Packer is a co-editor of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook, to which she contributes the chapter on access to state and local government records. She also contributes a chapter on confidential sources and information to the annually updated textbook, “Communication and the Law.” She is the author of the book “Freedom of Expression in the American Military: A Communication Modeling Analysis” and has published articles in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Comm Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Communication Law and Policy, and Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. Packer earned a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Minnesota.

Ruth Walden

Ruth Walden is the former James Howard and Hallie McLean Parker Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Media and Journalism and a past director of the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, the university’s campus-wide faculty development center. She formerly served as the school’s associate dean for graduate studies and has held a number of campus positions, including chair of the university’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee and member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and Graduate School Administrative Board.

Walden is the author of “Insult Laws: An Insult to Press Freedom,” a worldwide study of insult laws that was commissioned by the World Press Freedom Committee. In 2000, she was a member of the U.S. delegation to the annual human rights implementation meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Warsaw, Poland, where she delivered the U.S. statement on freedom of expression. She is also the author of “Mass Communication Law in North Carolina,” several books chapters and articles in Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, Communication Law & Policy, Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journalism Educator. Her research and teaching interests are mass communication law, First Amendment theory and pedagogy.

Mark Webbink

Mark Webbink is a visiting professor of law and executive director of the Center for Patent Innovations at New York Law School. Webbink is also a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law and an adjunct professor of law at N.C. Central University School of Law. He teaches intellectual property licensing. Prior to entering academia, Webbink served as Red Hat Inc.’s first general counsel. He was subsequently elected senior vice president and secretary of the company. Webbink served as general counsel until June 2004 and then returned to his primary area of interest as deputy general counsel for intellectual property. He served in that role through August 2007, when he retired from Red Hat. During his tenure with Red Hat, he developed a number of groundbreaking intellectual property practices, including Red Hat’s Patent Promise and the legal foundations for Red Hat’s subscription model for open-source software.

Webbink has written and spoken extensively on the subjects of open-source software, software patents and patent reform, including testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property; the Federal Trade Commission; the Department of Justice; and the National Academy of Sciences. Webbink has had articles published by the Queensland University of Technology, the Duke Law and Technology Review, Internet Law & Business, and the New South Wales Society for Computers and the Law. Webbink’s article “Understanding Open Source Software” has been reprinted around the world as a primer on open-source licensing. Webbink has lectured at the Computer Law Institute of the Practising Law Institute, Georgetown’s Advanced Computer and Internet Law Institute, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Licensing Executives Society and numerous law schools.

David Woronoff


David Woronoff is the publisher of the awarding-winning Southern Pines newspaper, The Pilot. In 1996, Woronoff was part of the group that acquired the newspaper and oversaw its $3 million expansion and renovation. Prior to joining The Pilot, Woronoff served as the director of business development for Business North Carolina magazine. Woronoff also served as chairman of the United Way of Moore County, chairman of the Boys & Girls Club Board, member of FirstHealth of the Carolinas Board of Directors, board member of the N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry, and vice president of the Legislative Committee of the N.C. Press Association. Woronoff is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.