Adam Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times. He joined The Times as a copyboy after graduating from Yale with a degree in English literature. He returned to Yale for a law degree and went on to practice law for 14 years, specializing in First Amendment issues, first at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and then in the legal department of The New York Times Company.
Liptak rejoined the paper’s news staff in 2002 as its national legal correspondent. In 2007, he launched “Sidebar,” a column on legal affairs. In 2008, he became the paper’s Supreme Court correspondent.
Liptak was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting in 2009 and received the Scripps Howard Award for Washington reporting in 2010. He was awarded Hofstra University’s Presidential Medal and an honorary doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.
He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and has taught courses at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law.
Anwesa Paul is the Chief Privacy Counsel for American Express in New York, NY. Her experience at American Express includes overseeing and managing a global legal team that provides advice on privacy and data use for all products and services, contract negotiations, M&A activities, advertising and marketing initiatives, artificial intelligence and data strategy. Anwesa is also heavily involved in assessing the impact of emerging technologies and works closely with operational teams to ensure compliance with changing regulatory requirements.
Anwesa is also a chair of the GCO Diversity Committee and sits on the steering committee for the GCO Women’s Empowerment Network, which promotes the advancement of women lawyers at American Express.
Anwesa received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. in Government from Cornell University. Prior to joining American Express, Anwesa was in-house counsel and privacy officer for several advertising technology start-ups. She lives in NJ with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys running, tennis and painting in her spare time.
Bruce Keller has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey since 2015. Now Special Counsel to the U. S. Attorney, he handles investigations, cases and appeals throughout the Office, focusing on public corruption. He has briefed some of the Office’s most complicated appeals, including:
Before that, while leading the intellectual property litigation practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, his cases included :
Mr. Keller an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law: Unfair Competition, also has co-authored two treatises, including PLI’s Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s the Guide (with Jeffrey Cunard). Along with Mr. Cunard, he has taught at Harvard Law School, was a Fellow at its Berkman Center for Internet and Society and, in addition to being honored with the Center’s highest award, since has received the Excellence in Appellate Practice award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Silver Shingle Award from Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Keller received a B.S. from Cornell University in 1976 and his J.D. from Boston University in 1979. He is admitted to the bar in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London, specialising in human rights and media law. She has acted in many landmark human rights cases in the UK, including acting for bereaved families and survivors of the 7/7 London Bombings and the Hillsborough disaster. Caoilfhionn’s international human rights practice includes regularly acting before the European Court of Human Rights and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and using the UN’s special procedures of the Human Rights Council to raise concerns for journalists, peaceful protestors and human rights defenders.
Caoilfhionn has particular expertise on issues concerning the safety of journalists and accountability for journalists’ deaths. She has given evidence on these matters to Parliamentary Committees in the UK, Australia and the European Union, and before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and she has recently been appointed to give expert evidence to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights concerning attacks on a female journalist. Caoilfhionn acts for many bereaved families whose loved ones have been killed in the course of, or because of, their work. This includes leading the international legal team for the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia who was assassinated in Malta in 2017, and acting for the family of Christopher Allen, a UK/ US dual national journalist killed in South Sudan. Caoilfhionn is also leading counsel for 152 BBC Persian journalists persecuted by Iran; for Amal Fathy, a blogger and women’s rights activist in Egypt; and she co-leads the international legal team for Maria Ressa, an award-winning journalist in the Philippines.
Caoilfhionn holds degrees from University College Dublin; the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns, Dublin; and Cambridge University. She was previously a civil liberties campaigner and academic, in Ireland and the UK, and she continues to write books and articles on a regular basis. Caoilfhionn is a member of the UK Advisory Board to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2017 for her human rights work.
Dale Cohen is an experienced media lawyer, executive and educator currently serving as Director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law and as Special Counsel for FRONTLINE, PBS's award-winning documentary series. Dale has long and happily grappled with media law and related issues as in-house counsel, as a litigator and as a professor. Prior to his current positions, Dale served as Vice-President-Administration for Radio Free Europe in Prague. Dale has also worked in legal and executive positions at Cox Enterprises, Tribune Company and NPR.
Before going in-house, Dale was a litigation partner concentrating in media, first amendment law and intellectual property for Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now Denton’s) in Chicago. Dale has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Emory University, the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is a co-author of Media and the Law (2d Ed.) (LexisNexis).
Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, which works to promote law and policy that support Internet users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world. Emma’s work spans many subjects, including human trafficking, privacy and online reputation issues, counter-terrorism and “radicalizing” content, and online harassment. Emma leads CDT’s legislative advocacy and amicus activity in the U.S. and the E.U., which focuses on protecting fundamental rights to freedom of expression and preserving strong intermediary liability protections. She also works to develop content policy best practices with Internet content platforms and advocates for user-empowerment tools and other alternatives to government regulation of online speech.
Emma is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network, the Christchurch Call Advisory Network, and has served on the Board of the Global Network Initiative. She earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Yale Law School, and is admitted to the New Yok State bar. Emma joined CDT in 2009.
Erin L. Dozier is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), where she represents the interests of thousands of local television and radio broadcast stations and broadcast networks before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other federal agencies, and courts. Her main areas of focus include laws and policies governing media ownership, indecency and other content-related standards, advertising, and carriage of television broadcast signals by facilities-based and virtual multichannel video providers. Erin’s experience prior to joining NAB includes several positions at the FCC focusing on media regulation and policy, including FCC review of media and broadband mergers, and competition policy affecting media outlets. She also has worked in private practice counseling communications companies on legal and regulatory matters. Erin is a frequent lecturer on communications policy and has served on the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. She earned her B.A. at Hampshire College and her J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Floyd Abrams is Senior Counsel in Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s litigation practice group.
Floyd has a national trial and appellate practice and extensive experience in high-visibility matters, often involving First Amendment, securities litigation, intellectual property, public policy and regulatory issues. He has argued frequently in the Supreme Court in cases raising issues as diverse as the scope of the First Amendment, the interpretation of ERISA, the nature of broadcast regulation, the impact of copyright law and the continuing viability of the Miranda rule. Most recently, Floyd prevailed in his argument before the Supreme Court on behalf of Senator Mitch McConnell as amicus curiae, defending the rights of corporations and unions to speak publicly about politics and elections in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Floyd's clients have included The McGraw-Hill Companies in a large number of litigations around the country involving claims against its subsidiary, Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and others, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Time Magazine, Business Week, The Nation, Reader's Digest, Hearst, AIG, and others in trials, appeals and investigations.
Floyd has represented Standard & Poor’s in litigations about its ratings; he defended the Brooklyn Museum of Art in its legal battles with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; he represented two of the nation’s largest insurers in litigation under Section 17200 in California and he has frequently testified before congressional committees and prepared clients to do so. In 1998, he represented CNN in investigating and issuing a report on its broadcast accusing the United States of using nerve gas on a military mission in Laos in 1970, and again in 1999 in seeking to persuade the United States Senate to permit the public to view its deliberations as it determined whether or not to convict President Clinton of alleged high crimes and misdemeanors. He represented Nina Totenberg and National Public Radio in the 1992 "leak" investigation conducted by the United States Senate arising out of the confirmation hearing of Justice Clarence Thomas and, in 2004 and 2005, Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper in their efforts to avoid revealing their confidential sources.
In 2006, Floyd was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an independent research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs from around the world. In 2015, Floyd was honored by Yale Law School with its prestigious Award of Merit. Also in 2015, Floyd received the Walter Cronkite Freedom of Information Award presented by the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. In 2011, Floyd was awarded the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1998, Floyd was the recipient of the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for outstanding contribution to public discourse; the Learned Hand Award of the American Jewish Committee; and the Thurgood Marshall Award of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. In November, 1999, he received the William J. Brennan, Jr. award of the Libel Defense Resource Center. Floyd was awarded, in 1997, the Milton S. Gould Award for outstanding appellate advocacy by the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York. Previously he had been awarded the Ross Essay Prize of the American Bar Association for his study of the Ninth Amendment of the United States Constitution. He has also received awards from, among others, the American Jewish Congress, Catholic University, the New York and Philadelphia Chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the National Broadcast Editorial Association.
In November, 2011, Yale Law School announced the formation of The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, whose mission is to promote free speech, scholarship and law reform on emerging questions concerning traditional and new media. Developed in cooperation with Floyd, the Institute includes a clinic for Yale Law students to engage in litigation, draft model legislation, and advise lawmakers and policy makers on issues of media freedom and informational access.
The American Bar Association awarded Floyd its Certificate of Merit for his article published in The New York Times Magazine entitled "The New Effort to Control Information," which was described by the ABA as a "noteworthy contribution to public understanding of the American system of law and justice."
Described by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan as "the most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age," Floyd is top-ranked by Chambers USA. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal, Who’s Who in American Law, and has been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Awards by The New York Law Journal and The American Lawyer (2013.)
Floyd, who served as chairman of Mayor Edward Koch's Committee on Appointments, New York City, served as the Chairman of the New York State Zenger Commemoration Planning Committee. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as well as Chairman of the Committee on Freedom of Speech and of the Press of the Individual Rights Section of the American Bar Association and of the Committee on Freedom of Expression of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
He has appeared frequently on television on Nightline, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose and other programs and has published articles and reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Yale Law Journal, The Harvard Law Review, and elsewhere.
Floyd served on the Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Defense in 2003-4 and as the Chair of the New York State Commission on Public Access to Court Records in 2004.
For fifteen years, Floyd was the William J. Brennan, Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Law at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has, as well, been a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School and Columbia Law School and he is author of Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment, published by Yale University Press (2013) and Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment, published by Viking Press (2005).
George Freeman is Executive Director of the Media Law Resource Center, a non-profit trade association supporting the media in legal matters. Before that he was Of Counsel to the law firm of Jenner & Block.
For 31 years he was the chief First Amendment lawyer in the Legal Department of The New York Times, leaving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in 2012. At the Times, he was primarily responsible for newsroom counseling of The Times, the company’s many other newspapers and its television stations and magazines; he also was responsible for the newspaper’s and company’s litigations, and was at the forefront of numerous high-profile First Amendment cases, including Judy Miller’s resistance to a subpoena in the prosecution of Scooter Libby and the successful defense of The Times in a libel case brought by quarterback Ken Stabler. The Times newspaper didn’t lose or settle a libel case for dollars during his tenure.
He was the William J. Brennan Visiting Professor at the Columbia Journalism School and also for decades taught at New York University and CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has been Chair of the ABA’s and NYS Bar Association’s media law committees and was the co-founder and longtime Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law annual (“Boca”) conference. He is a graduate of Amherst and the Harvard Law School, and is an avid tennis player.
Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. She is host of the “Tech on the Rocks” podcast. Gigi is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For over thirty years, Gigi has worked to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy.
From 2013-2016, Gigi served as Counselor to Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and from 2001-2013 was Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge, a leading communications and technology policy advocacy organization serving the interests of consumers. She was previously a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a communications public interest law firm.
In 1997, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. The Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Gigi one of its Internet Pioneer Awards in 2006. In 2018, the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ gave Gigi the Everett C. Parker Award, which is given in recognition of an individual whose work embodies the principles and values of the public interest in telecommunications and the media. In 2019, the National Journal named Gigi to its list of “50 people changing the game in Washington.” In March 2021, The Washingtonian magazine named Gigi one of its “Most Influential People in Washington.”
Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Jane E. Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. She is also Director of The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law and is an affiliated faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Prof. Kirtley was a Fulbright Scholar teaching U.S. media law and media ethics at the University of Latvia’s Law Faculty in Riga during Spring 2016. She was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2015, and served on the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts from 2017 to 2020.
Prof. Kirtley has written friend of the court briefs in media law and Freedom of Information Act cases, as well as articles and chapters on media law and media ethics for scholarly journals and the popular and professional press. In 2010, her Media Law handbook was published by the U.S. Department of State and was translated into nine languages. She co-authored a textbook, Media Ethics Today; the second edition will be published in 2021.
Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Prof. Kirtley was Executive Director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for 14 years. Before that, she was an attorney with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle in Rochester, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. She is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and Virginia bars. Prof. Kirtley also worked as a reporter for the Evansville (Indiana) Press and The Oak Ridger and Nashville Banner (Tennessee).
Prof. Kirtley’s J.D. is from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.
Jeffrey Cunard, managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office, leads the firm’s corporate intellectual property, information technology and e-commerce practices. He has broad experience in transactions, including software and technology licenses, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and outsourcing arrangements. Mr. Cunard’s practice also encompasses copyright litigation. He is an internationally recognized practitioner in the field of the Internet and cyberlaw, a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, and advises in U.S. and international media and telecommunications law, including privatizations and regulatory advice.
Mr. Cunard is the author of, and contributes to, books and articles on communications and intellectual property law, and he speaks widely on both subjects. He co-authors the treatise, Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (2d ed. 2015), published by Practising Law Institute, and has co-authored the “Obscenity and Indecency,” “Copyright” and “Trademark and Unfair Competition Issues” chapters in Internet and Online Law (K. Stuckey, ed.) (Law Journal Seminars-Press 1999-2010). Annually, Mr. Cunard co-authors a summary of legal developments involving intellectual property and the Internet for the Practising Law Institute’s Communications Law program. He is on the Board of Editors of e-commerce Law & Strategy and is the co-author of two seminal books on international communications law, From Telecommunications to Electronic Services (1986) and The Telecom Mosaic (1988), both published by Butterworths. He also is a major contributor to The Future of Software (1995), published by MIT Press. For several years, he taught a seminar at Harvard Law School, “Practical Lawyering: Internet-Related Issues,” and served as co-director of the Clinical Program at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Mr. Cunard graduated summa cum laude in English and Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1977 and received a J.D. in 1980 from the Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduation from law school, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Wm. Matthew Byrne, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Yale Law School, 1980, J.D.
University of California at Los Angeles, 1977, B.A.
Jennifer E. Rothman is the William G. Coskran Professor of Law at LMU Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2021. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an affiliated fellow at the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School.
Professor Rothman is nationally recognized for her scholarship in the intellectual property field, and has become the leading expert on the right of publicity. She created Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity, www.rightofpublicityroadmap.com, the go-to-website for right-of-publicity questions and news. Professor Rothman is author of the book The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World, published by Harvard University Press in 2018. Her most recent article, The First Amendment and the Right(s) of Publicity, appears in the Yale Law Journal (co-authored with Robert Post).
Rothman received her A.B. from Princeton University where she received the Asher Hinds Book Prize and the Grace May Tilton Prize. Rothman received her J.D. from UCLA, where she graduated first in her class and won the Jerry Pacht Memorial Constitutional Law Award for her scholarship in that field. Rothman served as law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced as an entertainment and intellectual property litigator in Los Angeles at Irell & Manella before entering teaching. Rothman also has an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California, and worked in the film industry before embarking on her legal career.
Jeremy Feigelson is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media Group. He frequently represents clients in litigations and government investigations that involve the Internet and new technologies. His practice includes litigation and counseling on cybersecurity, data privacy, trademark, right of publicity, false advertising, copyright, and defamation matters. In 2018, American Lawyer named him “Litigator of the Week” based on the right of publicity victories of Debevoise client Take-Two Interactive in Lohan v. Take-Two and Gravano v. Take-Two at the New York Court of Appeals. Other recognitions include designation as a “Privacy MVP” by Law360, a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal, and “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property.
Mr. Feigelson regularly speaks and writes on legal issues involving intellectual property, technology and privacy. His recent publications include ““Privacy Law Goes Big: California’s New Consumer Privacy Act” (Debevoise Debrief, July 2018) and “Cybersecurity Enforcers Wake Up to Credential Stuffing” (Bloomberg, February 2018).
Mr. Feigelson received his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1984. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991, where he was admitted to the Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. From 1991 to 1992, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Milton I. Shadur, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He joined Debevoise in 1992.
Mr. Feigelson served prior to law school in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York City. He has chaired the Government Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the Homeless, and serves as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, on the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity.
University of Chicago Law School, 1991, J.D.
Princeton University, 1984, A.B.
Justin Brookman is the Director, Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy, for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. In this new privacy role at CR, he will help the organization continue its groundbreaking work to shape the digital marketplace in a way that empowers consumers and puts their data privacy and security needs first. This work includes using CR research to identify critical gaps in consumer privacy, data security, and technology law and policy, as well as building strategies to expand the use and influence of the new Digital Standard being developed by CR and partner organizations to evaluate the privacy and security of products and services.
Prior to joining Consumers Union, Brookman was Policy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation. At the FTC, Brookman conducted and published original research on consumer protection issues raised by emerging technologies such as cross-device tracking, smartphone security, and the Internet of Things. He also helped initiate and investigate enforcement actions against deceptive or unfair practices, including actions against online data brokers and digital tracking companies.
He previously served as Director of Consumer Privacy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a digital rights nonprofit, where he coordinated CDT’s advocacy for stronger protections for personal information in the United States and Europe.
Brookman also served as an Assistant Attorney General and, later, Chief of the Internet Bureau in the New York Attorney General’s office, where he brought consumer protection actions on a wide range of issues, including privacy, free speech, data security, and net neutrality. He began his career as a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Katharine Larsen leads the global editorial legal team for Reuters news agency, supporting and defending journalists in nearly 200 locations as they produce and distribute multimedia news content in multiple languages, across varied platform types. In this role, she counsels Reuters leadership on global newsgathering and publication best practices and risks, including under criminal, national security and privacy laws. Around the world, she’s responsible for managing civil, criminal and administrative litigation, defending against demands for confidential and unpublished information, and enforcing Reuters’ IP rights. She also advises on product, compliance, employment, communications, and safety matters. In 2019, Ms. Larsen helped secure the release of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were falsely convicted on espionage charges in Myanmar after exposing a massacre of Rohingya villagers.
Ms. Larsen frequently speaks on best practices in the legal aspects of newsgathering in hot spots around the world, offering practical insights into navigating the risks faced by journalists today. She has published on emerging issues in free speech jurisprudence, including on US legal protections for anonymous speech (“Anonymous Online Speech,” Communications Law in the Digital Age (PLI, 2012, 2013, 2014)) and protections for the publication of national security information (“Freedom of Expression-Based Restrictions on the Prosecution of Journalists Under State Secrets Laws: A Comparative Analysis” (Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law, 2014)). Prior to joining Reuters, Ms. Larsen was in private practice, advocating for the rights media companies, publishers, non-profits and individual journalists, in the US and Europe; she also served as a legal adviser for the ABA’s Rule of Law programs in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Katie Townsend is the Legal Director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (www.rcfp.org), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. She oversees the litigation, amicus, and other legal work of Reporters Committee attorneys, and represents the Reporters Committee, news organizations, and individual journalists in court access, freedom of information, and other First Amendment and press freedom matters.
Prior to joining the Reporters Committee as its first Litigation Director in 2014, Ms. Townsend was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where her practice focused on media and entertainment litigation. In May 2014, she was named a “Rising Star” – one of the nation’s top media and entertainment attorneys under the age of 40 – by Law 360. She was recognized in 2015 as a Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” by The National Law Journal and, in 2015, was named part of the “Next Gen – Hollywood’s Up-and-Coming Execs 35 and Under” by the Hollywood Reporter.
Ms. Townsend is a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2004 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in broadcast journalism.
Kelli Sager has extensive experience representing media and entertainment companies and individual journalists, including broadcasters, cable companies, film producers and distributors, newspapers and magazines, book authors, and Web publishers. She is a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s Los Angeles office, and has regularly been recognized among the top lawyers in her field. Among other accolades, Kelli has been ranked by Chambers USA for more than ten consecutive years in its top tier of media attorneys in the country, including being listed as one of two “star” individuals nationwide in 2020, and she has been included as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America since 2005. She also has been among the top lawyers recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal for many years, including being named in 2020 to its lists of Top 100 Lawyers, Top Intellectual Property Litigators, and Top Women Litigators. Kelli also was named Best Lawyers’ Los Angeles First Amendment Law “Lawyer of the Year” and Los Angeles Media/Entertainment “Lawyer of the Year” for 2019, and was named as the Litigator of the Year by the Beverly Hills Bar Association in 2019.
Kelli has served in leadership roles in many bar associations and non-profit organizations, including acting as the Chair of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, Chair of the IBA’s Media Committee, and President of the Media Law Resource Center's Defense Counsel Section. She also has volunteered for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for more than a decade, including serving as the chair of the Circuit Conference Committee, and currently is a member of the Circuit’s Public Information and Community Outreach Committee and its Cameras in the Court Committee.
Leita Walker is a litigator and trial lawyer in the firm's Media and Entertainment Law Group. She has nearly 15 years of experience defending media organizations in libel litigation and helping them obtain access to governmental and judicial records.
Leita’s First Amendment practice includes defending libel, privacy, and right of publicity claims in trial and appellate courts across the country; prepublication vetting of both news and entertainment content; and advising clients on subpoenas and privilege issues, copyright law, and state and federal Freedom of Information Act laws.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Leita wrote for The Christian Science Monitor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Lawrence Journal-World.
Lucy A. Dalglish became Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland on August 1, 2012. Located inside the Washington Beltway, Merrill College is one of the nation’s leading journalism schools. Its undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs produce journalists and scholars prepared to inform the public using cutting-edge techniques and technologies.
Dalglish served as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from 2000 to 2012. The Reporters Committee is a voluntary, unincorporated association of reporters and news editors dedicated to protecting the First Amendment interests of the news media. Based in Arlington, Va., the Reporters Committee has provided research, guidance and representation in major press cases in state and federal courts since 1970.
Prior to assuming the Reporters Committee position, Dalglish was a media lawyer for almost five years in the trial department of the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney.
From 1980 to 1993, Dalglish was a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As a reporter, she covered beats ranging from general assignment and suburbs to education and courts. During her last three years at the Pioneer Press, she served as night city editor, assistant news editor and national/foreign editor.
Dalglish was awarded the Kiplinger Award by the National Press Foundation in 2012 for her service to journalism. In September 2015, she was named a Fellow of the Society by the Society of Professional Journalists, which also awarded her the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1995. A year later, she was one of 24 journalists, lawyers, lawmakers, educators, researchers, librarians and historians inducted into the charter class of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.
Dalglish appears frequently in print, online and broadcast stories about issues involving the media and the First Amendment. She has been a national leader in supporting open meeting and open records laws at the state and federal level, as well as a key player over the past 10 years in the effort to pass state and federal reporters “shield laws.” She serves on the boards or advisory committees of the American Society of News Editors, Freedom Forum Institute, and the Maryland, DC, Delaware Press Association Foundation.
At the University of Maryland, she has chaired search committees to hire deans for the business school, vice president for diversity & inclusion, and the vice president and university counsel. In 2017-18, she co-chaired a joint President and University Senate Taskforce on Inclusion and Respect.
She was recently elected to represent journalism school deans on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dalglish earned a juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1995; a master of studies in law degree from Yale Law School in 1988; and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of North Dakota in 1980. While attending UND, Dalglish worked as managing editor of the Dakota Student and as a reporter and editor for the Grand Forks Herald. She lives in McLean, Va., with her husband, Mark McNair.
Lynn Oberlander is a leading media attorney and advocate for journalists. Prior to establishing her own practice, she was SVP and Associate General Counsel, Media, for Univision Inc., a position she held since summer of 2018. From March of 2017 through July 2019, she was EVP and General Counsel at Gizmodo Media Group, where she oversaw the legal operations of one of the nation’s largest digital news companies, which included the websites Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Deadspin, The Root, and Splinter, among others. From 2014 through mid-March of 2017, she was General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media, the publisher of national security website The Intercept and documentary film project, Field of Vision. She founded and led the company’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, which provides funding for cases in support of First Amendment and other press freedoms. From 2006 until 2014, she was the General Counsel of The New Yorker, where she also wrote for newyorker.com on media law topics. Earlier in her career, she spent 5 years each at Forbes and NBC. She is a frequent speaker on freedom of expression and media law topics.
She is a graduate of Yale (where she was an editor on the Yale Daily News) and Columbia Law School. She teaches graduate courses in Media Law and Media Ethics at The New School in New York. She is the former chair of both the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association. She also a trustee of Jewish Home Lifecare, a nursing home and elder care system in New York.
Mary-Rose Papandrea is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Her teaching and research interests include constitutional law, media law, torts, civil procedure, and national security and civil liberties.
After graduating from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, Papandrea clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter as well as Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit and Hon. John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC, where she specialized in First Amendment and media law litigation.
Co-author of the casebook Media and the Law (LexisNexis, 2nd ed. 2014) (with Lee Levine, David Ardia & Dale Cohen), Professor Papandrea has written extensively about various First Amendment and media law topics, including government secrecy and national security leaks, the reporter's privilege, student speech rights, the First Amendment rights of public employees, the government speech doctrine, and the legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan. Representative articles include The Free Speech Rights of University Students, 101 Minn. L. Rev. 1801 (2017); The Government Brand, 110 Nw. L. Rev. 1195 (2016); Leaker Traitor Whistleblower Spy: National Security Leaks and the First Amendment, 94 B.U. Law Rev. 449 (2014); Social Media, Public School Teachers, and the First Amendment, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1597 (2012); Lapdogs, Watchdogs, and Scapegoats: The Press and National Security Information, 83 Ind. L. J. 233 (2008); and Citizen Journalism and the Reporter's Privilege, 97 Minn. L. Rev. 515 (2007).
Professor Papandrea has served as the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Mass Media Law and National Security Law sections and remains on the Executive Committee of both sections. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.
Min Lee is Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hachette Book Group, Inc. Min oversees all legal work for the company and its publishing divisions and operational groups (including pre-publication, claims and litigation, marketing and sales, commercial transactions, employment, and intellectual property matters).
Min joined HBG in 2020.
Pauline Wen is General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer for Lucid Holdings, LLC, overseeing all privacy and other legal matters worldwide for Lucid.
Prior to joining Lucid, Ms. Wen provided business and legal affairs advice to Peloton Interactive and an advertising technology company, focused on privacy, digital media, and technology. She did so after departing 21st Century Fox, where she was Senior Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer (prior to its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company), overseeing data privacy for 21st Century Fox and its business units, such as the Fox Networks Group, and negotiating technology deals in the digital space.
Before joining 21st Century Fox, she was Senior Vice President, Chief Privacy Counsel for Viacom Media Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc., responsible for data privacy for VMN and its brands, such as MTV and Comedy Central, after previously focusing on digital media at VMN, negotiating deals and providing related business and legal affairs advice in a variety of areas, such as advertising technology, operations and sales.
She started her legal career at law firms such as Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson LLP, specializing in intellectual property and technology law. Before becoming an attorney, she worked as a systems consultant and computer programmer at Deloitte & Touche LLP and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
She earned her J.D. from Rutgers Law School, Newark, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. She is admitted to the Bars of New York and New Jersey, and CIPP-US certified.
Primary Areas of Practice: Civil appellate law, media litigation, and business litigation
Law School: Yale Law School, 1979
Editorial Board: Communications Lawyer
Trustee: National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Foundation
Fellow: American, Texas, and Dallas Bar Foundations
Research Fellow: Center for American and International Law
Member: American Law Institute; American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; Forum Committee on Communications Law, Council of Appellate Lawyers, Litigation and Tort & Insurance Practice Sections, American Bar Association; Litigation and Appellate Sections, State Bar of Texas; Appellate and Business Litigation Sections, Dallas Bar Association.
Rachel Fugate is an experienced litigator and appellate lawyer. She has represented national media companies, local and regional newspapers and television stations, book publishers, film producers, reality television programs, artists, and non-profit corporations. Rachel litigates with an emphasis on media, internet and First Amendment disputes. She defends publishers and broadcasters in complex defamation, invasion of privacy, and other content-related claims and prosecutes actions for access to government information. As a commercial litigator, Rachel handles a variety of cases, including business torts, contract disputes, and tortious interference. As an appellate lawyer, Rachel has appeared before all Florida District Courts of Appeal and has argued matters before the Florida Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. With a content-related focus, she has prepared amicus briefs on issues ranging from satire as fair use to the abolishment of false light in Florida and has filed numerous emergency certiorari petitions for access to government records.
Rachel’s practice also concentrates on preventive litigation measures. She provides publishers and broadcasters daily advice on a variety of content related issues, including newsgathering advice, responses to retraction demands and subpoenas, pre-broadcast and pre-publication review, and advice concerning protection and use of intellectual property, internet content and publication practices.
Sherrese Smith is a partner in the Media, Technology and Telecommunications practice and is Vice-Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a highly regarded and Chambers-ranked attorney who regularly counsels companies on complex transactional and regulatory issues involving media, communications and technology companies. She also advises and counsels multinational companies across various jurisdictions (including the US, EU and Asia) on data privacy and cybersecurity and breach response issues, including managing global privacy and information security risks and compliance matters and regularly navigates clients through data breach and crisis response and associated regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, she served as Chief Counsel for Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Federal Communications Commission. In this position, she managed the overall policy agenda for the agency and developed the FCC’s positions and key messages for all media, telecommunications, and mobile policy issues and specialized in the areas of media, Internet, video, broadcast, cable, broadband, IP, mobile and wireless spectrum issues, telemarketing issues, and data privacy and security. Prior to joining the FCC in 2009, Ms. Smith was Vice President and General Counsel of Washington Post Digital.
Stephanie Abrutyn is senior vice president & chief counsel, Litigation and Public Policy for WarnerMedia. Stephanie leads the team is responsible for overseeing and managing litigation for all of WarnerMedia’s businesses. Stephanie also oversees the WarnerMedia domestic public policy group.
She was named to this position in May 2019, after serving as senior vice president and chief counsel, Litigation, for Home Box Office, Inc. Abrutyn initially joined HBO as a senior counsel in June 2005.
Prior to WarnerMedia/HBO, she served as senior counsel, East Coast Media, for Tribune Company, from 1999 to 2005, where she counseled and represented six of its daily papers including Newsday, The Hartford Courant and The Baltimore Sun. During her tenure there she received the Tribune Company Corporate Excellence Award for her contributions to the company. From 1996 to 1999, Abrutyn worked at ABC, Inc. as a general attorney, Litigation and Employment Practices; and from 1991 to 1996, was a member of the Media and Communications Practice Team in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler.
She is currently on the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee and a member of the Governing Board of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. She also is an adjunct professor of Media Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a frequent speaker and author on First Amendment and media law issues. She is a former member and chair of the Board of Directors at the Media Law Resource Center Institute and a former co-editor of Communications Lawyer.
Abrutyn holds a BA with honors from Colgate University, a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and studied at the Institute of Political and Economic Studies in London, England.
Susan Weiner is the General Counsel of the NBCUniversal News Group and Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal.
Susan oversees the legal support for all NBCUniversal news organizations, including NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, Telemundo and E! News. The News Legal Group, which she heads, handles legal issues arising from newsgathering and reporting worldwide, including defamation, intellectual property, reporters' privilege, privacy, access and regulatory matters. News Group lawyers negotiate deals and transactions, draft contracts and agreements and provide legal support for the production and licensing of reality, longform and documentary programming by NBC News and CNBC. Susan regularly advises journalists, producers and news management on legal matters, including claims and disputes. Before assuming her current position, Susan was head of Litigation for NBCUniversal and supervised a group of bi-coastal litigators.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Susan served as Deputy General Counsel of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority and was an associate at Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler. She clerked for the Honorable Charles H. Tenney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Susan graduated from the New York University School of Law where she was a Senior Editor of the Law Review and from the University of Rochester.
Susan is a former Chair of the Board of the Media Law Resource Center, where she served as a director for over a decade. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Signature Theatre.
As Legal Director of the Press Freedom Defense Fund, David S. Bralow brings a wealth of experience in media law including First Amendment expertise, national security issues, FOIA prosecutions and appeals, defamation, and privacy. Prior to joining First Look Media, Bralow was of counsel in the Media, Communication and Entertainment Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Digital First Media, a multi-platform media company with the second largest newspaper circulation in the United States; and as Assistant General Counsel for 13 years at the Tribune Company, where he provided legal advice to their newspapers, websites and television stations.
Danielle Van Lier is assistant general counsel, intellectual property and contracts at SAG-AFTRA. Van Lier began her position at the former Screen Actors Guild in 2000. She is responsible for managing SAG-AFTRA’s third-party contracts and intellectual property, as well as other efforts aimed at protecting the rights of SAG-AFTRA and its members. Van Lier has written several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of SAG-AFTRA and other parties in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court on issues such as rights of publicity, copyright and the California Talent Agencies Act.
Before joining Screen Actors Guild, Van Lier practiced law in Los Angeles. Prior to entering practice, she served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Van Lier is a past chair of ACC’s Sports & Entertainment Committee and a past Southern California chapter board member. Additionally, she was a founding board member of Saving Wildlife International, a nonprofit wildlife education company in Los Angeles. In late 2018, she launched a photography business focusing primarily on landscape and wildlife photography.
Van Lier earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she served on the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law and concurrently pursued a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese Language, Literature and Cultural Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara and recently received her LL.M. with Merit in Innovation, Technology and the Law through University of Edinburgh where her dissertation focused on the threat posed by deepfakes.
James Assey currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. Prior to his position at NCTA, Mr. Assey was a long-time telecommunications counsel and staff member on the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation working for both U.S Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), and U.S Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC). Mr. Assey has also worked previously in the Washington, D.C office of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher and clerked for the Honorable Cameron M. Currie in the U.S District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Mr. Assey is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law School.
Karen Kaiser was named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Associated Press in 2014. Karen is responsible for overseeing the AP’s legal department, including all editorial, litigation, intellectual property, contract and licensing, compliance, and corporate legal matters. As Corporate Secretary, Karen provides corporate governance advice on issues impacting the company and the Board.
Karen has twice been honored as one of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel” by the National Law Journal. In 2014, the award was given to Karen for leading AP’s legal response to the Department of Justice’s seizure of AP’s phone records, and in 2016, the award was for Karen’s championing of AP’s First Amendment rights.
Karen joined AP in 2009. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Karen was Associate General Counsel, counseling the newsroom globally on all editorial matters including subpoena defense, government investigations, reporter’s privilege, newsgathering and source issues, libel defense, prepublication review, FOIA, and access. Following the DOJ’s seizure of AP’s phone records in 2013, Karen advocated for AP’s interests in high-level DOJ discussions that led to revisions to the guidelines for subpoenas to members of the press. Karen received AP’s Oliver S. Gramling Achievement Award in 2013 for this work, and in 2014, AP received the SPJ Eugene Pulliam First Amendment Award for that same work. Karen serves as part of the DOJ’s News-Media Task Force, where she meets with the Attorney General on issues of importance to the press.
Karen has drafted and filed more than 200 appeals on FOIA denials. These FOIA efforts were highlighted in a 2010 New York Times article, and AP’s FOIA efforts were honored with the SPJ Eugene Pulliam First Amendment Award in 2011. In 2015, Karen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of stronger FOIA reforms.
Prior to joining AP, Karen was Senior Counsel at Tribune Company. Karen helped pass the Connecticut Reporter’s Shield Law by co-drafting the legislation and testifying before Connecticut’s joint judiciary committee in 2006. Previously, Karen was a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where she worked on First Amendment cases such as the Valerie Plame Leak Investigation and Wen Ho Lee case. Karen clerked for the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy in the SDNY.
Karen is on the Steering Committee of the RCFP. Karen holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from The University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Katherine Kriegman Graham is newsroom counsel at Bloomberg LP, where she is responsible for legal issues relating to Bloomberg Editorial & Research's global content, including pre-publication review and advising on intellectual property, FOIA and access issues. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ms. Graham was a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, where she focused on intellectual property and media law. Ms. Graham is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Emory University.
Kathleen A. Kirby is a Partner with Wiley Rein LLP Washington, DC and Co-Chair of the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology group. Ms. Kirby’s practice involves advising some of the country’s largest media groups on regulatory and policy matters, representing radio and television stations in connection with the full realm of FCC compliance, and counseling clients on the sale and acquisition of broadcast properties. In addition, Ms. Kirby assists television, radio, and new media clients with drafting and negotiating a variety of content and licensing agreements, including network affiliation and syndicated programming deals. She has additional expertise in newsgathering, content regulation, and First Amendment issues. Regularly rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington, DC’s “Leading Lawyers” in her field, Ms. Kirby is commended for “her work on First Amendment and FCC matters” and her “responsiveness and proactive approach.” She is praised for her “superior subject expertise, commitment to her clients, and great connections within the industry.”
Ms. Kirby has long served as counsel to the Radio Television Digital News Association News Association (“RTDNA”), advising electronic journalists on a variety of legal and legislative matters, including freedom of information, privacy, libel, content regulation, copyright and other First Amendment issues. She is an inductee of the National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame and recipient of RTDNA’s prestigious First Amendment Leadership Award.
Before attending law school, Ms. Kirby worked for almost a decade as a radio broadcaster in New York and Connecticut, where she gained extensive experience first as a reporter and news anchor, then in management positions in operations, sales, and marketing.
Ms. Kirby obtained her J.D. degree as a Dean’s Scholar from the Catholic University of America, where she received served as Executive Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Ms. Kirby simultaneously completed coursework in Catholic University’s Institute for Communications Law Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and marketing from the University of Virginia, where she was selected for Lawn Residence on the basis of leadership and academic merit and was instrumental in founding one of the country’s first student-owned and operated commercial radio stations. She continues to advise WUVA-FM as a member of the station’s alumni interest group.
Ms. Kirby serves on the Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council. She is an active member of both the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law (ABA), and has held leadership positions within both throughout her career.
Kathleen M. Sullivan is partner and founding chair of the national appellate practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, the nation’s largest law firm devoted solely to business litigation. Before joining the firm in 2005, she served as Dean of Stanford Law School and taught a generation of students constitutional law as Professor of Law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools. The first woman dean of any school at Stanford, she is also the first (and still the only) woman name partner at any AmLaw 100 firm.
Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most preeminent appellate litigators, Ms. Sullivan handles appeals and motions in a wide range of business litigation matters. She has argued eleven times in the US Supreme Court and numerous times in the US Courts of Appeals, US district courts, and state appellate courts. Meanwhile she continues to write on constitutional issues and to co-author the classic casebook Constitutional Law and its related casebook First Amendment Law.Ms. Sullivan holds a B.A. from Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar and a Telluride Scholar, an M.A. from Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she won the Ames Moot Court competition. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Law Institute, and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. And she has been named to numerous honors, including repeat appearances on The National Law Journal’s list of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.
Lee Levine has represented media clients in libel, invasion of privacy, reporter’s privilege, access, copyright, and related First Amendment cases for four decades. In the United States Supreme Court, he has argued for the media defendants in Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. v. Connaughton and Bartnicki v. Vopper. Lee also has litigated in the courts of more than 20 states and the District of Columbia and has appeared in most federal courts of appeal and in the highest courts of several states.
Lee was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught media law from 1989-2016. He is the lead author of the treatise Newsgathering and the Law, now in its Fifth Edition; he co-authored the casebook Media and the Law; and most recently, together with Professor Stephen Wermiel, he co-authored The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan's Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan, published by the American Bar Association Press to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark decision.
Lee began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Lee was one of the founding attorneys of the highly regarded First Amendment boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, which merged with Ballard Spahr in October 2017.
Yale Law School (J.D. 1979) Managing Editor, Yale Law Journal
University of Pennsylvania (B.A., M.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976)
Mr. Smith is a Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law, where his courses include Constitutional Law and Election Law. As a Vice President of the Campaign Legal Center, he also continues to litigate cases involving redistricting, vote suppression and campaign finance. He has more than three decades of litigation experience, including 21 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Those cases include Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n, which established First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games. His First Amendment experience also includes a central role in the case of Reno v. ACLU, where the Supreme Court first accorded full First Amendment protection to the Internet.
In addition, Mr. Smith has argued a number of important voting rights cases at the Supreme Court, including Gill v. Whitford and Vieth v. Jubelirer, involving partisan gerrymandering, LULAC v. Perry, involving the legality of Texas’s mid-decade redrawing of congressional districts, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board¸ involving the constitutionality of a voter identification law, and Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, involving a constitutional challenge to Arizona’s legislative map.
Mr. Smith previously was a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block, where he was chair of the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and co-chair of the firm's Election Law and Redistricting and Media and First Amendment Practices.
He attended Amherst College and Yale Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge James L. Oakes of the Second Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work promoting civil rights and civil liberties, including, in 2010, the Thurgood Marshall Award given by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. He received an honorary degree from Amherst in 2015 and now serves on the College’s Board of Trustees.
Specialising in International, Appellate and Complex litigation, Constitutional, Human Rights, IP, Media & Regulatory work, defamation, privacy, media, art and cultural property, data protection and freedom of information, and international arbitration, Mark Stephens has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in the country and abroad. In 2011 Her Majesty the Queen appointed Stephens Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to law and the arts. Mark is also extremely active in many other areas having been appointed by the Foreign Secretary to the FCO Free Expression advisory board and the Lord Chancellor to be a Champion for the Community Legal Service. In December 2009, Mark first appeared in “Who’s Who” where he is described as “lawyer, broadcaster; writer; lecturer”. He has written and contributed to five books. Mark has been described by the ‘Law Society Gazette’ as, ‘the patron solicitor of previously lost causes’. It is this reputation for creativity with law that leads clients to his door.
Mark has created a niche in international comparative media law and regulation. His expertise also covers specialisms in Creative Arts & Cultural Industries, Human Rights, Judicial Review, Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property law, Privy Council cases - Ultimate Appeal Court for parts of the Commonwealth, as well as, Regulatory Cases & Inquiries.
Mark has practiced before every level of Court in England and Wales and has also practiced abroad and before international tribunals and courts. He is also a Privy Council agent regularly working with a range of overseas lawyers. He was also President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. Mark is also a qualified mediator. He has been retained by a number of Governments to advise and to represent their interests including, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Greece, Jamaica, Libya, Mauritius, Romania and the Russian Republic. Additionally, Mark has litigated in countries as diverse as Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Cyprus, France, India, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pitcairn Islands, New Zealand, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Singapore and the USA. Mark chairs a number of bodies including the Design Artists Copyright Society, Global Network Initiative, the Management Committee of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy Wolfson College, Oxford Centre for Socio Legal Studies, the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and sits on the boards of Censorship Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Human Rights Council of the International Bar Association and Internews Media Law Defence Initiative Independent Schools Inspectorate and is Hon Solicitor to Index of Censorship.
Mark regularly appears in print and on radio and television and enjoys debating.
Tom is best known for representing high-profile clients who are targeted in hostile media investigations or the subject of false statements in the press. He has handled defamation matters for Fortune 500 companies and individuals, including CEOs, hedge-fund managers, university presidents, professional athletes and sports teams, celebrities, journalists, and others who find themselves under reputational attack.
In March 2019, Tom secured a defamation jury verdict for Dr. Fredric Eshelman based on false statements from Puma Biotechnology, Inc. The jury awarded $15.85 million in compensatory and $6.5 million in punitive damages. He also represented UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo in her defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine relating to a highly publicized article of an alleged gang rape. In November 2016, a jury found the defendants liable for defamation and awarded Ms. Eramo $3 million.
Prior to founding Clare Locke LLP, Tom was an equity partner at one of the nation’s premier litigation firms and has more than 20 years of experience handling high-stakes commercial litigation matters. He is ranked in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide for nationwide first amendment litigation and for global defamation/reputation management in the Chambers HNW directory. Tom is a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation and Media and Advertising and a BTI Consulting Client-Service All-Star MVP.
Bruce Johnson, a veteran litigator, represents information industry clients on issues involving media and communications law as well as technology and intellectual property matters. His expertise includes advising on First Amendment law issues, particularly involving commercial speech, commercial transactions and consumer rights. The author of Washington’s Reporter’s Shield Law enacted in 2007, the Washington Act Limiting Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation ("Washington Anti-SLAPP Law") enacted in 2010, and Washington’s Uniform Correction or Clarification of Defamation Act enacted in 2013, Bruce represents clients in Internet related litigation and liabilities. He also represents national clients in privacy and security matters, advertising liability risks, defamation and Internet and online liability cases. He is the co-author of "Advertising and Commercial Speech, A First Amendment Guide" (2nd Edition), published by the Practising Law Institute, New York. In addition, Bruce regularly represents lawyers, law firms, and other parties in connection with legal malpractice claims, has spoken on the topic of lawyer liability and professional responsibility on many occasions, and currently serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Quality Assurance Committee.
David McCraw serves as the principal newsroom lawyer for The New York Times. He has spent 18 years at The Times and currently holds the position of Deputy General Counsel. He is the author of the book “Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts” (St. Martin’s 2019), a first-person account of the legal battles that helped shape The Times’s coverage of Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, national security, and the rise of political partisanship in America. He is a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School and an adjunct professor at the NYU Law School. Mr. McCraw is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Cornell University, and Albany Law School.
James McLaughlin is deputy general counsel of The Washington Post, where is principally responsible for newsroom-related legal issues and litigation. His work at The Post includes prepublication review of content, defense of actual or threatened libel claims, newsgathering advice, First Amendment issues, subpoenas, and FOIA. Since 2015, he has also served as the Post’s director of government affairs, overseeing its participation in legislative, regulatory, and industry matters. Before coming to The Post in 2006, he worked at two Washington, D.C. law firms (Covington & Burling and Zuckerman Spaeder) and, in 2003-04,, served as the McCormick Tribune Legal Fellow at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He is a graduate of Amherst College (1995) and Yale Law School (1998), where he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a former law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. McLaughlin serves on several news industry-related boards of directors, and teaches media law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Jonathan Donnellan is Vice President and Co-General Counsel for Hearst Corporation, one of the world’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches a seminar on the The First Amendment and The Press. Previously, Jon served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the New York Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, and two other media companies concurrently. Before that, he was Assistant General Counsel for CNN in Atlanta. He spent his first decade of practice as a litigator at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is past chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Communications and Media Law Committee, and the ABA’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee, and is a former member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from NYU.
Joseph C. Gratz is partner with Durie Tangri LLP in San Francisco. An Advisor to the forthcoming ALI Restatement of Copyright, Mr. Gratz is a respected litigator and commentator on copyright and Internet law. Mr. Gratz testified in July of 2020 before the Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee regarding Internet intermediary liability. He was named one of the “40 Under 40” top lawyers in California in 2020, one of the nine Top Intellectual Property Lawyers Under 40 by Law360 in 2015, and a Northern California IP Litigation SuperLawyer each year since 2013 by SuperLawyers Magazine, after being named a Rising Star in IP Litigation in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Mr. Gratz received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Len Niehoff serves as Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches courses in civil procedure, ethics, evidence, First Amendment, law & theology, and media law. He is the author of more than one-hundred publications in these fields. He is also Of Counsel to Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, where he helps lead the firm’s appellate, higher education, and media law practices. He has been quoted as an expert on various legal issues by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Atlantic, Voice of America, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Intercept, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, and other major media entities. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Robert Brauneis is the Michael J. McKeon Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the George Washington University Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (now Justice Breyer), and to Justice David H. Souter. He has also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the city of Chicago.
Professor Brauneis’ teaching and scholarly interests include copyright, trademark, property, and constitutional law. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on copyright law, and of numerous articles on copyright, trademark, and constitutional law. He is a member of the Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and a former Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and has served as President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. In 2013-2014, he served as the inaugural Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the United States Copyright Office.
Jeff Glasser is General Counsel of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune. As head of the company’s legal department, Glasser handles newsroom counseling, litigation, intellectual property, contract and commercial matters, employment, privacy, compliance and other legal issues. In addition, he represents the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune in legislative and policy matters in California and Washington, D.C. Glasser is a board member and chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the California News Publishers Association and a member of the Legal Affairs Committee for the News Media Alliance. From 2013-2018, Glasser served as co-chair of the Media Law Resource Center’s California chapter.
Before joining the company in 2013, Glasser practiced law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, worked as a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and served as Bob Woodward’s researcher on “Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate.”
A graduate of Yale University, Glasser received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Jennifer Pariser is the Vice President, Copyright and Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association. She provides counsel on a wide range of intellectual property and other legal issues for the association, oversees the studios’ relationship with academic institutions and the filing of amicus briefs in significant copyright cases. She has worked extensively on DMCA notice and takedown matters and ran the Copyright Alert System. Prior to joining the MPAA, Jenny previously served as head of litigation at the RIAA and at Sony Music where she oversaw all litigation matters including significant lawsuits against online copyright pirates such as Napster, Grokster, Limewire as well as individual infringers. Prior to that she was an associate with the firms Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles Tenney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She graduated from New York University Law School where she was a member of the Law Review and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She lectures extensively on copyright topics including at the Copyright Society of the USA, the American and New York Bar Associations, PLI and various law schools.
Professor RonNell Andersen Jones is an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and the Lee E. Teitelbaum Chair at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Professor Jones is a First Amendment scholar who teaches, researches and writes on legal issues affecting the press and on the intersection between media and the courts. Her scholarship addresses issues of press access and transparency and the role of the press as a check on government. She is also a widely cited national expert on reporter’s privilege and newsgathering rights and a regular speaker on emerging areas of social media law. Her scholarly work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Northwestern Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Washington University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and the Harvard Law Review Forum. She is also a regular public commentator on press freedom issues. Her op-eds have been published in several major news outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, and her research has been quoted in Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other national publications.
Professor Jones graduated first in her law school class and clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering academia, she was an attorney in the Issues & Appeals section of Jones Day, where her work focused on Supreme Court litigation and included major constitutional cases.
Kevin Moriarty is a Senior Attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Moriarty engages in a variety of policy, outreach, and investigatory work regarding data security and privacy. He was the lead attorney for DPIP’s only two federal court litigations, Wyndham (D.N.J.) and D-Link (N.D. Cal.). Mr. Moriarty spearheaded the investigation leading to the settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey Attorney General with Vizio, for its collection and sale of consumers’ television viewing information.
Tom Hentoff serves as Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly LLP’s Trademark and Copyright and First Amendment and Media practice groups. His practice is concentrated in three areas: intellectual property disputes, First Amendment and media law, and complex civil litigation. Tom has represented clients in a wide variety of copyright, trademark, trade secret, defamation, privacy, false-advertising, and class action litigation and counseling matters. Clients represented in defamation cases include newspapers, online news organizations, news magazines, motion picture studios, and television broadcasters and programmers. He has also represented clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
Randy L. Shapiro has been Global Newsroom Counsel to Bloomberg News since August 2013. She is the senior newsroom lawyer to more than 2400 journalists around the globe and is responsible for newsgathering advice and prepublication review, overseeing FOIA and access efforts, and newsroom legal training worldwide. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Randy was the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company, the product of a 2010 merger between Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast website. There, she had oversight of all legal matters including: prepublication review of editorial content; libel and privacy advice and training; copyright analysis, licensing and protection; global labor and employment counseling; contracts; and trademark and domain name registrations. Prior to joining Newsweek in 1998, Randy was a commercial litigator with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where she was a member of the team representing The New York Post, as well as the associate liaison to the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Randy is the chairperson of the board of the Media Law Resource Center, a non-profit membership association for content providers in all media (and their defense lawyers), providing a wide range of resources on media and content law and policy issues. She also has served as co-chair of the Mentoring Committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association, and the chair of the Defamation and Privacy Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association's Communications and Media Law Committee.