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, along with other local events. The programs facilitate and encourage dialogue about the latest legal issues and developments in media, law and technology.

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Promotional image in the style of the "Stranger Things" title cards for this year's Media and the Law Seminar: "Upside Down: First Amendment in Flux"

"Upside Down: First Amendment in Flux?"

35th Annual Media and the Law Seminar

Thursday and Friday, April 20-21, 2023

InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza, Kansas City, MO

More than ever before, journalists and media lawyers are confronted with legal arguments and judicial opinions threatening to turn well-established First Amendment principles upside down.

Truth may no longer be a defense against allegations of defamation. Social media platforms may no longer enjoy editorial control over their own content. Government agencies may feel empowered to use open records laws against the public those laws were meant to serve.

This year’s 35th annual seminar highlights some of the most important issues journalists, lawyers and insurers must overcome to traverse an increasingly gray First Amendment landscape.

Topics include:

  • how journalists should respond to subpoenas from government agencies investigating matters in the public interest;
  • how journalists affiliated with publicly funded educational institutions balance competing professional obligations;
  • whether the First Amendment protects lawyers who make false statements in court;
  • how media organizations should cover the “Big Lie”;
  • and more.

35th Annual Media and the Law Seminar postcard (.pdf)

Media and the Law Seminar Event Information

Seminar Location

The InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri


A block of rooms has been reserved at the InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri.

Rooms will be released at 5 p.m. (CST) on March 21, 2023. After that date, room availability and rate cannot be guaranteed. For the special seminar rate of $179, the seminar booking link to reserve online or call 816-756-1500 to ask for reservations. Mention that you are attending the Media and the Law Seminar.

Hotel booking link: Media and the Law Seminar

How to use the hotel booking link:

  • Select the hyperlink. It will pull up the hotel's website. Select the "book now" button at the top of the screen.
  • Type in the dates of your stay and the website will give you the group rates and room availability.

Location & Parking

The InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza offers valet parking for overnight hotel guests for $30 a day or self-parking for $20 a day. Rates are subject to change. For those not staying at the hotel, parking is free for the day.

Anticipated CLE Credits

We are anticipating a total of 9 CLE credit hours, including 1.5 hours of ethics. Please note, the program is still in the planning stages. The credits will tentatively be split into 2 hours during the Thursday afternoon bonus session and 7 hours (including 1.5 hours of ethics) during the Friday seminar.

CLE credit will be updated on this website when it is confirmed. The seminar support staff will provide on-site assistance to attendees who plan to apply for CLE credit from other jurisdictions.

Kansas City Area Attractions

Thinking of enjoying the weekend in Kansas City after the seminar? There are attractions and events for everyone, including:

  • Crown Center: Located in the heart of downtown, this city-within-a-city offers visitors 85 acres of shops, restaurants and theaters.
  • Country Club Plaza: One of Kansas City’s popular retail, dining and entertainment destinations within a 15-block district of fun.
  • 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

Program Accessibility

We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please call 785-864-5823 to discuss your needs. To ensure accommodation, please register at least three weeks before the start of the seminar. Review the nondiscrimination policy below.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

If you find you are unable to attend, we encourage you to send a qualified substitute and notify us ahead of time if possible. If you find you still need to cancel, a full refund of registration fees, less a $50 administrative fee, will be available if requested in writing at and received by April 13, 2023. 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 Jayhawk Global, Academic & Professional Programs, reserves the right to cancel the 35th Annual Media and the Law 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.

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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. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

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