Immerse Yourself in IP and Media Law at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning (2/6/2019) - One of the biggest annual events at the UNC School of Law is the Festival of Legal Learning. This two-day convocation of legal geekery comprises 113 different continuing legal education (CLE) sessions and 152 speakers. For the past few years, the Center for Media Law and Policy has helped with the selection and coordination of […]
UNC Media Law Doctoral Student Wins Top Paper Award for NCA 2017 (9/14/2017) - We are pleased to announce that UNC  doctoral student Shao Chengyuan has won the top student paper award from the Communication and Law Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) this year. Chengyuan will present her paper at the NCA’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas in November. Congratulations, Shao! Chengyuan studies media law in the UNC School […]
Center Co-Director to Join Discussion of Section 230 and (9/7/2017) - Media Law Center Co-Director Cathy Packer will participate in a panel discussion following a screening of the documentary I Am Jane Doe on campus next week. The film chronicles the legal battles of three young girls who were trafficked through the advertising website Packer will join panelists from UNC Project Dinah, Project FIGHT, and […]
Scholarship Winners 2016 (7/27/2016) - The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy has awarded $6,000 in scholarships to three law students working in unpaid or underpaid internships in the field of media law and policy this summer. These are the scholarship winners and where they are working: Varsha Mangal is a legal intern in the Office of General Counsel […]
Center Co-Director Authors New Media Law Casebook (8/18/2014) - David Ardia, co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, is a co-author of a new edition of Media and the Law, a casebook published by LexisNexis. Congratulations, David! The book is authored by David Kohler, Lee Levine, Ardia, Dale Cohen and Mary-Rose Papandrea.  Ardia, an assistant professor in the UNC School of […]
New Media Law PhDs (6/11/2014) - The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will welcome three new media law students to its Ph.D. program this fall.  All of them have expressed interest in working in the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy.  Welcome, law dawgs! These are the students and a brief description of each student’s background and research interests: Nicholas […]
Symposium will contemplate 50 years of press freedom (10/11/2013) - Almost 50 years ago, Justice William J. Brennan Jr., writing for the Supreme Court, expressed “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” Tomorrow, the UNC First […]
Call for Papers: New York Times v. Sullivan, A Fifty Year Retrospective (8/20/2013) - On October 12, 2013, we will be partnering with the First Amendment Law Review to help host their annual symposium, which will be focused on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in New York Times v. Sullivan.  We’ll post more information about the symposium in the next few weeks, but if you […]
Carolina Law CLE Session: Media Law in the Digital Age (5/2/2013) - Next Wednesday, May 8, I’ll be presenting a continuing legal education (CLE) session in Wilmington, NC at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center.  The topic will be “Media Law in the Digital Age: Internet Defamation and other Digital Torts.”  Here is the description from the law school’s website: With the advent of the Internet, everyone […]
Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Injunctions (2/18/2013) - As part of the Mary Junck Research Colloquium series, UNC Law Professor David Ardia will give a talk entitled “Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Injunctions.” He will discuss his research on two centuries of case law surrounding injunctions in defamation cases, and the recent increase in court-ordered injunctions directed at defamatory speech, particularly speech on the Internet. […]
A UNC Student’s Summer Experience in Media Law (10/31/2012) - Tabitha Messick Childs, a 3L at the UNC School of Law (and my former research assistant), spent her summer at the Berkman Center’s Digital Media Law Project.  At my urging, she wrote the following summary of her experience. Our hope is that it will be useful to other students considering summer jobs in media law. […]
Doctoral Student to Publish in Free Speech Yearbook (2/27/2012) - 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.”
Photo of Daniel Solove Privacy and Libel on the Internet (4/2/2009) - Privacy law expert Daniel J. Solove, professor in the George Washington University School of Law, was a featured speaker in the Mary Junck Research Colloquium series in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also spoke in professor Cathy Packer’s “Law of Cyberspace” class. He discussed his book, “The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor […]
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12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where is the Dominion v. Fox News Defamation Case Headed?
Room 5048, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC


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02/09/2018 - 02/10/2018
All Day
Media Law Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning
William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill NC


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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
On The Front Lines: Litigating the First Amendment
Marion A. Cowell, Jr. Boardroom (Room 5003), UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC


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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
M.A./J.D. and Ph.D./J.D. Media Law Dual Degrees Info Session
Freedom Forum Conference Center on the Third Floor of Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC


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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Media Law Summer Internships Panel
Room 4085, UNC School of Law,
09/25/2014 - 09/26/2014
All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago IL


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All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta GA
9:15 am - 2:30 pm
New York Times v. Sullivan, 50th Anniversary Symposium
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room, Chapel Hill NC
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
David Ardia: Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Injunctions
Halls of Fame Room, Chapel Hill NC


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All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco CA
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Former British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer to Speak at UNC School of Law
Rotunda, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk by Eric Goldman on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Faculty Lounge, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC


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All Day
Law School for Digital Journalists
Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA


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All Day
First Amendment Law Review Symposium: Cyberspeech
UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill