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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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Immerse Yourself in IP and Media Law 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 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 sessions that cover Media Law and Intellectual Property subjects.

This year’s festival, which takes place on Feb. 8-9, will mark the 29th year of the program, and I feel confident in saying that we have more Media Law and IP sessions than we’ve ever had in the past. By my count, there are 16 sessions this year that touch on these topics, ranging from cybersecurity to recent developments at the Federal Communications Commission. And the list of speakers is a who’s who of the top media, entertainment, and IP lawyers in the state. You can see a list of these folks and descriptions of their sessions on our festival event page.

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

Friday, Feb. 8

  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + Hot Topics in Intellectual Property: Lessons Learned and Cases to Watch 
  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + The GDPR: The Impact of EU Privacy Law on US Organizations
  • 9:10 AM  –  10:10 AM + Navigating a Watershed Privacy Law: California Consumer Privacy Act Forecast for 2019
  • 9:10 AM  –  10:10 AM + Revenge Porn – NC’s New Law and Resources to Assist Survivors
  • 10:20 AM  –  11:20 AM + Federal Privacy Legislation: Do We Need It? If So, What Should It Look Like?
  • 10:20 AM  –  11:20 AM + Municipal Broadband and the First Amendment
  • 11:30 AM  –  12:30 PM + Defining Privacy Harm for Standing in Federal Courts 
  • 2:40 PM  –  3:40 PM + New Era in Music Licensing: The Music Modernization Act
  • 3:50 PM  –  4:50 PM + Cutting-Edge Topics in Cybersecurity Law 
  • 3:50 PM  –  4:50 PM + Entertainment Law Hot Topics and Litigation Round-Up 
  • 5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM + Open Source 101
  • 5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM + What Every Lawyer Should Know About eSports

Saturday, Feb. 9

  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + Peek into North Carolina Public Records
  • 8:00 AM  –  9:00 AM + When #Metoo Meets Defamation Law
  • 10:20 AM  –  11:20 AM + Recent Developments at the Federal Communications Commission

As an added bonus, if you stick around until the last session on Saturday (11:30 AM  –  12:30 PM) you will get to see Mary-Rose Papandrea and me do a session on “The First Amendment and Social Media: What (If Any) Rules Apply?” We will be taking on some important questions, including: What role does big tech have in regulating our national conversation? What is the impact of digital censorship? And, in all of this, does the First Amendment have any bearing on social media platforms? This session will explore the intersection of free speech values, the First Amendment, and our growing reliance on major social media companies that wield an increasing amount of censorial power.

The Festival will take place at the William & Ida Friday Continuing Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill from 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, and 8:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. You can find a full list of available sessions in the program guide.

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

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Center Hosts CLE Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning

Each year, the UNC Festival of Legal Learning provides CLE credit in over 120 areas. The Festival allows attorneys to obtain 12 hours of CLE credit through a convenient and fun schedule spread over two days.  This year’s Festival will take place on Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10, at the William & Ida Friday Continuing Education Center in Chapel Hill.

We are thrilled to invite those participating in the Festival to attend the sessions on media law and policy, which are sponsored by the Center for Media Law and Policy. The sessions will be presented by the following attorneys:

  • David S. Ardia, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy;
  • Mary-Rose Papandrea, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UNC School of Law;
  • Julia C. Ambrose, Attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard;
  • Elizabeth A. DeVos, Attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough;
  • C. Amanda Martin, Attorney at Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych and General Counsel to the N.C. Press Association;
  • Timothy G. Nelson, Attorney at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard;
  • Dowse B. Rustin IV, Attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Sessions addressing media law topics include:

Friday
Beyond Credit Scores: The Promise and Risk of Alternative DataElizabeth A. DeVos, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, and Dowse B. Rustin IV, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
The Law of LeaksMary-Rose Papandrea, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UNC School of Law11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday
Recent Developments at the Federal Communications CommissionJulia C. Ambrose, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard and Timothy G. Nelson, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
The Law of Defamation: A PrimerC. Amanda Martin, Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych9:10 AM - 10:10 AM
Privacy and Court Records: What Does the First Amendment Require Regarding Online Access?David S. Ardia, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Media Law and Policy, UNC School of Law10:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Freedom of the Press and the Trump AdministrationDavid S. Ardia, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Media Law and Policy; C. Amanda Martin, Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych; and Mary-Rose Papandrea, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UNC School of Law11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Sessions will run from 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. on Saturday. For a full list of available sessions, visit the Festival’s program guide. To register for the Festival, please visit the registration page.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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