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Media & the Law Seminar

Each year, the University of Kansas School of Law and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Media Law Committee host the Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, along with other local events, to facilitate and encourage dialogue about the latest legal issues and developments in media, law and technology.

The 30th Annual
Media & the Law Seminar

The Fickle Future of First Freedoms 
Countering Top Threats to the First Amendment 

Friday, May 5, 2017
8 a.m. — 4:15 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza | Kansas City, Missouri
Registration will open in January

Digital technology has changed everything—from the way international corporations do business to the way teenagers communicate with each other. But with those changes come challenges, and press freedom is not immune.

News leaders resoundingly agree that laws related to the First Amendment are no longer adequate in the digital age. In a recent survey of leading news editors by the Knight Foundation, 88% agreed that “there are many unsettled legal questions about the scope of free expression” today.

At this year’s 30th annual seminar, we will take on these unanswered questions and present how media law practitioners can counter the top threats to the First Amendment. Topics will include the chilling effects of surveillance, hacking and consumer monitoring; retaliation and revenge against the media through litigation funding; fair use abuse; government secrecy; and more.

About the Seminar

Since 1987, the Media and the Law seminar series has brought together lawyers, judges and others to discuss legal issues and trends in media, law and technology. Initiated by leadership in the Kansas City media liability insurance community, the seminar is planned by local area media lawyers, journalists and educators and coordinated by the University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education staff. From the latest First Amendment litigation to emerging social media risks, the "hot topics" of each year are explored and debated by a panel of experts and distinguished speakers.

For questions, contact:

The University of Kansas
Edwards Campus
Professional & Continuing Education
Regents Center 125
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213

Phone: 785-864-5823 or (toll free) 877-404-5823
Email: kupce@ku.edu


Past Seminars

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