Law & Media Conference features Washington journalist; tackles post-Sept. 11 legal ramifications and media implications

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SUBJECTLaw & Media Conference for Journalists, Lawyers, Judges, Academics

·  National speaker to address Internet privacy issues

·  Panel to address war powers, civil liberties in time of national emergency, and rights and restrictions of media personnel covering national emergency events

Contact:  Kenneth Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2001) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will host its annual Law & Media Conference on Friday, October 19 at association headquarters in Columbus (1700 Lake Shore Drive).  Declan McCullagh, nationally known Washington-based reporter and bureau chief, will speak about cutting-edge Internet privacy issues at a lunch plenary session to be followed by a discussion of national emergency media coverage involving prominent faculty members of The Ohio State University (OSU) Moritz College of Law.

Bringing together lawyers, reporters, editors, judges, academics and others, the conference typically deals with hot issues affecting both media and legal professionals.  A 10 a.m. discussion of judicial campaign ethics will feature moderator Herb Asher, emeritus political science professor and advisor to the president of OSU, and panelists Donald C. Brey of Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP; Marilyn Shearer, past president of the Ohio Legal of Woman Voters; James Bradshaw, former Columbus Dispatch political writer; and Geoffrey Stern, former Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Benjamin Marrison, Columbus Dispatch editor; Pat Casey, FOX 19 Cincinnati news director; Columbus attorney Marion Little (Zeiger & Carpenter); and moderator Susan Grogan Faller of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Cincinnati will involve conference attendees in a mock pre-publication/pre-broadcast review and discuss ways media can minimize legal risks.


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A discussion of newsgathering and privacy issues, including surreptitious recording, will be tackled by moderator Timothy D. Smith, attorney and professor at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and presenters Kenneth A. Zirm of Walter & Haverfield PLL in Cleveland, Richard M. Goehler of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Cincinnati, and Ronald S. Kopp of Roetzel & Andress LPA in Akron. 

Finally, Lorain attorney William F. Kolis Jr. of Wickens Herzer Panza Cook & Batista and Mark R. Weaver of Isaac Brant Ledman & Teetor in Columbus will brief conference attendees on the latest in public records and open meetings law.

The lunch plenary session featuring Declan McCullagh, credited with writing the first news article reporting the shift in the 2000 U.S. presidential race from a certain Republican win to a tossup between Bush and Gore, will be moderated by Internet attorney Robert L. Ellis of Ellis Venable Busam LLP in Columbus.  The session also will feature Keith Throckmorton, information services coordinator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland.

Immediately following the lunch session, OSU professors Mary Ellen O’Connell, Greg Travalio, and Stanley K. Laughlin will discuss war powers, civil liberties in time of national emergency, and rights and restrictions of media personnel covering national emergency events.  Benson A. Wolman, Columbus attorney (Wolman Genshaft & Gellman) and former director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will moderate the session.

The conference, which will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m., includes lunch, handout materials, and 4.25 hours of continuing legal education credits for attorneys in attendance.  The cost of the conference is $30 for registrations received by October 10, and $50 for late registrations.  Students may attend at a reduced cost of $15.  The Ohio Newspaper Association, one of the conference’s sponsors, is offering a $30 scholarship to


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the first conference attendee from any member newspaper.  Other sponsors include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Ellis Venable Busam LLP, and Wickens Herzer Panza Cook & Batista.  To register, call the Ohio State Bar Association at 800-232-7124 or 614-487-8585.         

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students.  Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.



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