Law and Media Conference draws Ohio lawyers, judges, journalists and academics

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Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 4, 2013)—
On Friday, October 4, 2013, journalists, lawyers, judges, professors, students and others will gather for stimulating discussions about hot media law topics at the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) annual Law & Media Conference. The conference will be held at OSBA headquarters in Columbus (1700 Lake Shore Dr.).
Kicking off the day will be a plenary session titled “Student Press Struggles Extend Beyond Campus.” Recalling the Supreme Court’s Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision that limited student press freedom 25 years ago, panelists will discuss its lasting impact, as well as issues that have emerged since, including uses and abuses of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Prof. Mark Goodman of Kent State University will facilitate the discussion. Panelists include John C. Greiner, Esq., of Graydon Head in Cincinnati; Frank LoMonte, Esq., of the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Virginia; Prof. Jonathan Peters, Esq., of the University of Dayton; Jill Riepenhoff, projects reporter for The Columbus Dispatch; and Prof. Hillary Warren of Otterbein University.
How does a journalist cover a school shooting or a juvenile crime? Prof. Susan Gilles of Capital University Law School will moderate a session titled “When the Subject is Children and Crime” to explore this question. Panelists include Rachel Dissell, a reporter for The Plain Dealer; Judge Beth Gill of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas; Joseph Nigh, Esq., of Tyack, Blackmore, Liston & Nigh Co., LPA; and Kevin T. Shook, Esq., of Frost Brown Todd LLC.
Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, will moderate a session titled, “Public Records: Problems and Opportunities.” His panel, which will discuss the current state of public records law in Ohio, includes Damian Sikora of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; Fred Gittes, Esq., of The Gittes Law Group; Randy Ludlow, senior reporter for The Columbus Dispatch; and Mark R. Weaver, Esq., of Isaac Brant Ledman & Teetor LLP.
Who is a public figure in the digital age? Susan Grogan Faller, Esq., of Frost Brown Todd LLC, will moderate a panel titled, “Libel and Privacy in the Internet Age.” She will be joined by panelists Steve Ackermann, regional news director for Raycom Media, Inc.; John C. Greiner, Esq., of Graydon Head; and Prof. Deidré Keller of Ohio Northern University College of Law.
“So You Want MY Public Records?” looks at the more personal side of public records access. Does the public have the right to access gun permits and mental health records? Moderator Martin A. Foos, Esq., of Faruki Ireland & Cox PLL will discuss the personal and practical applications of public records law with panelists Pam Elliot, an investigative reporter for WDTN-TV 2 in Dayton; Mike Sandner, Esq., of Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling Co., LPA; Prof. Timothy D. Smith, Esq., of Kent State University; Josh Sweigart, an I-Team reporter for the Cox Media Group; and Sen. Joe Uecker, Ohio Senate, District 14.
Jeffrey T. Cox, Esq. of Faruki Ireland & Cox PLL will moderate a session titled, “You Saw It on the Internet, So It Must Be True?” His panel will consider the Internet’s effect on journalism, including competition, intellectual property and the impact of social media on news delivery. Panelists include Steve Ackermann of Raycom Media Inc.; John Carpenter, editor of Homicide Watch Chicago for the Chicago Sun-Times; and A. Brian Dengler, Esq., Kent State University School Journalism and Mass Communication.
“Scraps of Paper in a Digital World” will explore the practice of journalism in a rapidly changing environment that has recently included production cuts, downsizing of staff and reduction of paper size. Prof. Jonathan Peters, Esq., of the University of Dayton will moderate. He will be joined by Andrew Alexander, journalist and former ombudsman for The Washington Post; Robert P. Bartlett Jr., Esq., of Faruki Ireland & Cox PLL; Susan Grogan Faller, Esq., of Frost Brown Todd LLC; David L. Marburger, Esq., of Baker Hostetler; and Benjamin J. Marrison, editor of The Columbus Dispatch.
The “Media Law 101” session, moderated by attorney Monica Dias of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Cincinnati, will provide a foundation in the basics of key media law topics including privacy, libel, defamation and access to courts.  She will be joined by panelists David M. Giles, Esq., deputy general counsel and chief ethics officer for The E.W. Scripps Company; and Prof. Deidré Keller of the Ohio Northern University College of Law.
A final session will focus on “Five Things Lawyers Hate about Journalists and Five Things Journalists Hate about Lawyers.” Moderator Dan Trevas, attorney, former journalist and communications consultant for Nationwide Insurance, will be joined by The Plain Dealer reporter James F. McCarty; Jay Milano, Esq., of Milano Law Offices; and Prof. Timothy D. Smith, Esq., of Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
To review the agenda and download registration information, visit the OSBA website at: (or click on “for public,” then “programs,” then “Law & Media Conference”).
The Law & Media Conference is sponsored jointly by the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Newspaper Association, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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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