Law and Media Conference



The Law and Media Conference brings together journalists, lawyers, academics, judges and others for a day-long discussion of hot media law​ topics.

Save the date: The next conference is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, and will be held at the Ohio State Bar Association headquarters in Columbus. We hope you'll join us!

9:15 a.m. Registration (coffee and pastry) 
9:45 a.m. Welcome
10:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Campaign 2016 
10:45 a.m. Break 

11:00 a.m. Morning Concurrent Workshops 
Workshop A: SLAPPs, Anti-SLAPP Remedies 
Workshop B: FERPA Frustration 
Workshop C: Social Media in Elections 

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Early Afternoon Workshops 
Workshop D: Body Cameras 
Workshop E: Anonymous Speech 
Workshop F: Public Records

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Mid-Afternoon Concurrent Workshops 
Workshop G: Campus Speech and Privacy 
Workshop H: Covering News, Live and Unedited 
Workshop I: Open Meetings Act Enforcement

3:45 p.m. Conclusion

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Check out the brochure for the complete agenda and more details.


For a look back at the October 16, 2015, conference:


Plenary: Coming to a City Near You: Police Body Cameras [video]

Description: Perhaps 80 percent of police agencies across the country are considering the use of body cams. This session explored related issues, including privacy threats as well as retention and public disclosure of recordings and editing rules. 

Workshop A: INCOMING! Drones’ Impact on News Reporting and Privacy Rights [video]
Panelists discussed and debated the media’s use of unmanned aerial systems (“drones”) including First Amendment and privacy implications.  

Workshop B: Back to Basics: Defamation, Privacy and Copyright Law in Ohio
Description: Everyone’s a publisher, so everyone should know the basics of Ohio’s defamation, privacy and copyright law. Anyone who is active on the Internet must understand responsibilities and potential liabilities—from protecting creative work to posting critical comments on feedback sites. Conference attendees learned about how best to protect themselves and their work. 
Workshop C: Building Bridges Forum 
Description:  Dayton’s Bench-Bar-Media Forum fosters candor, relationship-building and problem-solving among members of the bench, bar, media, law enforcement and public ​agencies. Attendees learned about the Forum’s purpose and how this program might be duplicated.

Description:  Panelists discussed practical effects of significant 2015 public records legislation, court decisions and agency policies. 

Workshop E: Hot Topics in Privacy    
Description: Panelists discussed privacy issues, including hacking and possible changes to the law affecting hacked information, the potential ramifications of Google Spain (“right to be forgotten”) case, and other privacy developments.
Workshop F: Punching Out Scruff Face: Jesse Ventura/American Sniper Libel Lessons
Description: Panelists took a deep dive into the facts and defamation law surrounding the Jesse Ventura v. Kyle case and discussed its potential future impact on media and the First Amendment.
Description: Does the Confidential Law Enforcement Investigatory Records (CLEIR) exception allow law enforcement to withhold an entire file? Attendees enjoyed a spirited debate about this exception’s implications and how courts have wrestled with it.
Workshop H: Public Records in the Digital Age 
Description: This panel discussed the impact of digital data on Ohio Public Records’ law and debate whether digital access mandates the need for statutory changes. 

Workshop I: Reporting In and About the Courts   
Description: Increasing demand for real-time reporting requires judges to balance the public’s right to know with the parties’ need for a fair trial. Attendees learned about reporting in and out of the courtroom, dealing with judges, and what happens when judges are on trial.
Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Graydon Head
Ohio Association of Broadcasters
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Newspaper Association
Society of Professional Journalists, Central Ohio Chapter
Mark R. Weaver, Esq.




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