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
Friday, April 17, 2015
8 a.m. — 4:15 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza - Kansas City, Missouri
Uninhibited news coverage of confrontations between policy and citizens is instrumental in protecting civil rights. This year's seminar will explore the constitutional conflicts that arise when reporters cover clashes between protesters and law enforcement. In the Midwestern suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrators, police and journalists converged in the streets throughout 2014 in response to the death of an African-American teen, Michael Brown. Protesters were suppressed as they voiced their dismay, anger and frustration with the justice system. A number of journalists were threatened, jailed and gassed as they reported upon the demonstrations. Businesses were looted and burned, and policy were criticized either for not doing enough, or for using excessive force to maintain law and order. As the media spotlighted deaths of even more African-American males in encounters with white policy officers, the protests spread, stirring controversy about the U.S. justice system.
National experts will discuss issues that arise when basic freedoms collide with police action. Were First Amendment rights violated by curfews and mass arrests? Should safety and public welfare concerns outweigh the constitutional rights of assembly and free speech? What advice should counsel give media clients who cover conflicts between demonstrators and police? Do body cameras and drones protect civil rights or violate privacy rights? During the lunch program, three dynamic speakers will bring their unique perspectives in a candid discussion about the First Amendment, race and the justice system.
Panel 1: The First Amendment in the Crossfire
Protecting Journalists and Free Speech when Policy and Protestors Collide
Moderator: Mark Sableman, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis, MO
James Newton, Editor and Lecturer, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Mickey H. Osterreicher, General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, Of Counsel, Hiscock and Barclay LLP, Buffalo, NY
Panel 2: You Watch Us, We Watch You
Assessing the Effects of Emerging Surveillance Technologies
Moderator: Michael Berry, Partner, Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schultz LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Ashley Messenger, Senior Associate General Counsel, NPR, Washington, DC
Ronald Miller, former police chief of Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas, Basehor, KS
Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, Washington, DC
Bill Staples, Director, Surveillance Studies Research Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Panel 3: Running the Newsgathering Gauntlet
Navigating Government Obstacles and Demands for Information
Moderator: Robin Luce-Herrman, Partner, Butzel Long, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Joseph E. Martineau, Member, Lewis Rice LLC, St. Louis, MO
Christine Wells, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Enoch H. Crowder Professor of Law, University of Missouri, School of Law, Columbia, MO
Dennis McCullough, Director, Public and Government Relations, The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, KS
Todd P. Graves, Partner, Graves Garrett LLC, Kansas City, MO
Panel 4: Scene on the Street
Avoiding Intellectual Property Pitfalls when Documenting Civil Unrest
Moderator: Joel Weiner, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Lou Petrich, Partner, Leopold Petrich & Smith PC, Los Angeles, CA
Peter Rienecker, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Home Box Offic, Inc., New York, NY
Karen Shatzkin, Partner, Shatzkin & Mayer, PC, New York, NY
Panel 5: Rush to Judgment
Breaking News about a Crisis Without the Facts
Moderator: Robert Bertsche, Partner, Prince LobelTye, Boston, MA
Carolyn Forrest, Vice President Legal Affairs, Fox Television Stations Inc., Atlanta, GA
Donna McGuire, Assistant City Editor, Crime and Justice, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO
C. William Barrett, Partner, Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone, Boston, MA
Susan Grogan Faller, Partner, Frost Brown Todd, Cincinnati, OH
Leonard M. Niehoff, Counsel, Honigman, Ann Arbor, MI
Sylvester "Sly" James became mayor of Kansas City in May 2011. Far from being a career politician, the Kansas City native spent more than 25 years practicing law, first at a prominent Kansas City firm and then at his firm, the Sly James Firm. After graduating from high school in 1969, James spent four years as a military policeman and later enrolled at Rockhurst College and then at the University of Minnesota Law School. He graduated cum laude from both schools. As mayor, his agenda has included crime reduction, education, infrastructure improvement, business attraction and building the first phase of a streetcar line through the heart of Downtown. He has become one of Kansas City's most visible and vocal advocates. In an interview discussing his first term, James shared his views on the combination of action and attitude he has worked to engender at City Hall: "We've gone from kind of a dour, woe-is-me, down-in-the-mouth kind of group coming out of the recession to a group of people that says: 'We can do that. Let's get that done.' ...Without the attitude, you can't drive the action."
John Eligon is a veteran reporter for The New York Times currently servicing as a national correspondent based in Kansas City. In his 10 years at The Times, Eligon has covered national news events from sports to courts to politics, including some of the world's biggest stories, such as the death of Nelson Mandela. As a Midwest correspondent, he covers six states and writes about life in the heartland. Eligon is an authoritative voice on issues of race and class. When the grand jury decision was announced in Ferguson, Eligon was on the streets capturing the protests via Twitter. Born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Eligon moved to the United States as a child. He took to journalism early because he loved sports and was excited by the idea of covering them. After graduating from Northwestern University with degrees in journalism and German, Eligon covered sports for a year at The Detroit Free Press. He was later hired by The Times, where he covered sports before moving into news. A sports enthusiast, he has run six marathons, including the fateful 2013 Boston Marathon, and reported on the bombings after finishing the race.
Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star, and has hosted "Up to Date" on KCUR, an NPR affiliate, since 2002. For almost twenty years, he worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Kansas City Star covering national, state and local campaigns. He also covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City. Before arriving in Kansas City, Kraske worked at daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and at the United Press International in Madison, WI. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was a 1992 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Kraske has won awards for his print and radio work and has appeared on NPR, CNN and Fox.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
4 — 5:45 p.m.
Risk Mitigation for a Newsroom in Crisis
Limiting Exposure for Media Operations and Journalists in Harm's Way through Disaster Planning and Insurance
A free* session on Thursday afternoon on risk mitigation for news organizations will be offered for attendees who are registered for the Friday program. The many perils faced today include responding to a cyber-attack, rescuing an Ebola-stricken colleague, negotiating with terrorists for the release of a kidnapped colleague, or covering the aftermath of an earthquake, F-5 tornado or a Category 5 hurricane. Experts will discuss how to minimize exposure from man-made and environmental threats through business continuity planning and risk management, including the placement of insurance. Two hours of Insurance Continuing Education Credits are available in Kansas (Missouri pending) for insurance professionals attending this informative session.
*Free when also attending the Friday seminar
Moderator: Robert Latham, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP, Dallas, TX
David M. Giles, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company, Cincinnati, OH
Michal Gnatek, Vice President - Aerospace and Defense, Lockton Companies, Washington, DC
Joanne Richardson, CPCU, Media & Entertainment Practice Leader, Hiscox Partner, Hiscox USA, New York, NY
David B. Smallman, David B. Smallman, Managing Member, Smallman + Snyder Law Group, New York, NY
Jeff Lehr, Crime Reporter, The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO
|Thursday, April 16, 2015|
|Risk Mitigation for a Newsroom in Crisis
(if attending the Seminar on April 17, 2015)
|Risk Mitigation for a Newsroom in Crisis||$40|
|Friday, April 17, 2015|
|Full-Time Journalist, Educator or Student||$60|
|Member of the Public||$110|
- Kansas City FilmFest - An annual, juried film festival featuring more than 100 local, regional, national and international films, the Kansas City festival will be held April 15-19, 2015. The KC FilmFest brings together independent filmmakers, industry professionals, and audience members from around the world through collaborative seminars, panels, receptions and parties.
- 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.
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