Center Co-Director to Join in Sunshine Day Celebration

UNC Center for Media Law and Policy Co-Director Cathy Packer will moderate a panel discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the N.C. Public Records Law as part of the N.C. Open Government Coalition’s annual Sunshine Day celebration. The event will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Elon University. It is open to the public.

Discussing the public records law will be Hugh Stevens, a media law attorney from Raleigh; Fleming Bell, professor of public law and government in the UNC School of Government; Tom McCormick, Raleigh’s city attorney; and Fred Clasen-Kelly, a reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

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J-School Faculty and Students to Present Legal Research

UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication students, faculty and alumni have had papers accepted for presentation in the Law and Policy Division at the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium being hosted by Virginia Tech University March 8-10. The papers were selected through a process of blind review.

Of the 20 papers accepted for presentation in the Law and Policy Division at the Colloquium, 11 have UNC-affiliated authors including the second-place student paper and the first and second place faculty papers. They are:

Student-authored papers:

“Student Online Speech Rights: The Dissolution of the ‘Schoolhouse Gate’ and How Courts Have Ruled in Online Student Speech Cases” by Cindy J. Austin (master’s student)

“An Analysis of FTC Cases Involving Substantiation of Health Claims in Food Advertising: Is the Standard Tightening to the Level of FDA Labeling Standards?” by Jeanne-Marie DeStephano (master’s student)

“A Moving Target: The Attorney-Client Privilege” by Tom Eppes (doctoral student)

“Prescription Drug Marketing to Physicians and the First Amendment” by Laura Marshall (master’s student)

“Food Industry Response to Proposed Guidelines for Self-Regulation of Food Marketing Aimed at Children” by Patrick Mustain (master’s student)

“Putting Media Contact Policies to the Facial Test: When Media Contact Policies are Constitutionally Permissible” by April Raphiou (doctoral student)

“Who are the Media? The Media Exemption to Campaign Finance Regulation” by John Remensperger (master’s student) (*second place student paper)

“Internet Advertising and Interactive Computer Services: Liability and Immunity as Provided by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act” by Christopher J. Vargo (doctoral student)

Faculty-authored papers:

“A Dangerous Distinction: The Deconstitutionalization of Private Speech” by Derigan Silver (alum) and Ruth Walden (faculty) (*second place faculty paper)

“The Real Story Behind the Nation’s First Shield Law: Maryland 1894-1897” by Dean Smith (faculty)

Alum-authored papers:

“The Case for Online Obscurity” by Woodrow Hartzog (alum) (*first place faculty paper)


Doctoral Student to Publish in Free Speech Yearbook

Laurie Phillips, a doctoral candidate in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has had an article accepted for publication in the upcoming volume 46 of the Free Speech Yearbook. The title is entitled “Libelous Language Post-Lawrence: Accusations of Homosexuality as Defamation.”


Student Blogging for Law Conference

UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication Ph.D. student Liz Woolery will participate in The Cleveland City Club’s 2011 Conference on Free Speech Oct. 11, 2011. The one-day conference brings together scholars, media practitioners and lawyers to discuss free speech issues facing the fields of politics and journalism. In advance of the event, Liz is blogging about free speech news and issues on the Club’s blog.