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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 join together to 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 28th Annual
Media & the Law Seminar

"Rules of Engagement: Journalists, Police and the Daze of Disorder"
InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza - Kansas City, Missouri

Friday, April 17, 2015
8 a.m. 4:15 p.m.

Join us as we discuss these important issues and more:

  • Should safety and public welfare concerns outweigh the constitutional rights of assembly and free speech?
  • What advice should counsel give to media clients who cover conflicts between demonstrators and policy?
  • Amid the chaos, what can reporters do to get the story right and what happens if they don't?

Bonus Session

"Risk Mitigation for a Newsroom in Crisis"
A joint presentation by the
ABA TIPS Media and Defamation Torts Committee and
KCMBA Media Law Committee

Thursday, April 16, 2015
4 p.m. 5:45 p.m.

General Information

CLE Credit
CLE credit is pending approval in Kansas, Missouri, New York and California. Seminar support staff will provide onsite assistance to attendees who plan to apply for CLE credit from other jurisdictions.
Registration Fees
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Risk Mitigation for a Newsroom in Crisis
(if attending the Seminar on April 17, 2015)
No Charge
Risk Mitigation for a Newsroom in Crisis $40
Friday, April 17, 2015
KCMBA Lawyer $325

Non-KCMBA Lawyer
(registered by March 27, 2015)


Non-KCMBA Lawyer
(registered after March 27, 2015)

Full-Time Journalist, Educator or Student $60
Member of the Public $110

Luncheon Only
(available after March 27, 2015; preference will be given to seminar registrants)

Note: A lawyer who works full-time for a non-profit organization, academic institution or government agency, or who has special financial need, may apply for a discounted fee. The application must be submitted in writing to the KCMBA Media Law Committee in care of the seminar coordinator, Pam Hicks, phicks@ku.edu, KU Continuing Education, Regents Center 125, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS, 66213.
Friends of the annual Media and the Law Seminar are welcome to offer financial support and apply for recognition as contributors. Contributions are used to defray annual seminar expenses. To become a recognized contributor, one must have established interests in common with the seminar co-sponsors, evidence of support for the media law traditions and values represented by the seminar, and ability to help meet expenses. If the co-sponsors accept an application to be a recognized contributor, the applicant will receive information about the procedure for supporting the seminar and receiving recognition. An application to be a recognized contributor for a forthcoming seminar may be submitted to the seminar coordinator, Pam Hicks, phicks@ku.edu.
Location & Parking
InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri
Hotel guest valet parking is $18 a day or self-park for $15 a day. Participants commuting to the seminar can park during the day at the InterContinental at no cost.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza until 5 p.m. March 27, 2015. After that date, room availability and rate cannot be guaranteed. Please make your reservations by calling 866-856-9717, or register online at www.kansascityic.com. To receive the special seminar rate of $184, mention that you will be attending the University of Kansas Media and the Law Seminar, or use the group code M15 when registering online.
Kansas City Attractions
Thinking of enjoying the weekend in Kansas City after the seminar? There are attractions and events for everyone, including:
  • Country Club Plaza - Across the street from the InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, the 15-block district is one of Kansas City's popular retail, dining and entertainment destinations.
  • Westport - A fusion of local eateries, fashionable boutiques and hot night spots compounded with remnants of the neighborhood's historic past, this entertainment district boasts a rich history as the oldest established community in Kansas City. More than 150 years ago, Westport marked the passage into the western frontier and set the foundation for what it is today: a thriving shopping center and entertainment district.
  • Crossroads Arts District - Kansas City's eclectic enclave hosts boutique shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, creative businesses, studios and art galleries.
  • Kansas City Power & Light District - Spread over a half-million square feet, the Kansas City Power & Light District is the Midwest's premier entertainment epicenter. With more than 50 unique and captivating shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, the district offers something for everyone.
For additional information on the above attractions and Kansas City events, visit www.visitkc.com.
Program Accessibility
We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please call 785-864-5823 or mark the space on the registration form and a KU Continuing Education representative will contact you to discuss your needs. To ensure accommodation, please register at least two weeks before the start of the seminar. The University of Kansas is committed to providing programs and activities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability and veteran status. In addition, university policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status and parental status.
Nondiscrimination Policy
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.
Privacy Policy
KU Continuing Education does not share, sell or rent its mailing lists. You have our assurance that any information you provide will be held in confidence by KU Continuing Education. We occasionally use mailing lists that we have leased. If you receive unwanted communication from KUCE, it is because your name appears on a list we have acquired from another source. In this case, please accept our apologies.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
A full refund of registration fees, less a $50 administrative fee, will be available if requested in writing and received by April 10, 2015. No refunds will be made after that date. A $30 fee also will be charged for returned checks. (Please note that if you fail to cancel by the deadline and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.) KU Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel the seminar and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration.  The liability of the University of Kansas is limited to the registration fee.  The University of Kansas will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

About Media and the Law

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 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 KU Continuing Education at:

KU Continuing Education
1515 Saint Andrews Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047-1619

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


Register Online for the Media & the Law Seminar

Payment is required at the time of registration. Only registrations accompanied with payment will be accepted. Please register in advance. Fees include continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Online registration is preferred, but if you need to register by phone, you can call one of our Registration Specialists at the number below:

Register by Phone
785-864-5823 or 877-404-5823 (toll free)

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