For many students – even those in communications programs – media law can be a daunting subject. This is not this helped by the way that media law classes are often taught: by presenting a litany of abstract rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts, with abstract rules that are often not fully explained and often not put into context, either of the situation in which the case was decided, or how it applies to the work that the students might be doing in the future.
I have tried to fight this tendency in my teaching by getting students involved in the cases and issues we are discussing, and showing them how it applies to their work in journalism, advertising, public relations and related fields.
Graduate and Undergraduate Courses
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina
Law and Ethics of Mass Communications (undergraduate): Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
Seminar In Mass Communication Legal Research Methods (doctoral): Fall 2017
Manship School of Public Communication, Louisiana State University
Media Ethics and Social Responsibility (undergraduate): Spring 2016
Mass Media Law (undergraduate): Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
Manship in D.C. (undergraduate experiential class), Summer 2015
Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College, City University of New York
Media Ethics and Law (undergraduate): Fall 2012, Spring 2013
Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York
Legal and Ethical Issues (graduate): Fall 2012
Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
First Amendment & Society (undergraduate): Fall 2010 (ass’t), Fall 2011, Spring 2012
The Star Cahmber, Zenger and Development of the First Amendment. In Elisabeth Fondren, American Media History, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. (Sept. 13, 2017).
Public Relations / Corporate Speech and the Law. In Holly Ott, Principles of Public Relations, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. (Jan. 31, 2017).
The Writer and the Law. In Adaobi Duru, Writing for Professional Communicators, University of Louisiana – Monroe, Monroe, La. (Nov. 18, 2016).
Creating the First Amendment: Origins and Philosophy. In Len Apgar, Introduction to Mass Media, Manship School of Mass Communications, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. (Jan. 29, 2016).
Hitting the Books: Legal Issues in Publishing. In MaryKatherine Callaway, Publishing in the Digital Age, English Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. (Sept. 2 and 9, 2015).
Legal Seminars and Continuing Legal Education Programs
Speaker, “The Use of Social Media in 21st-Century Litigation,” Cumberland School of Law, Feb. 8, 2013
Speaker, “#DigitalExpressions: Exploring Free Speech in Cyberspace,” Florida Coastal School of Law, Mar. 2, 2012
Panelist, “Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed – Again,” Kennesaw State University, Oct. 22, 2011
Speaker, “Public Perception of Judges and the Courts,” National Judicial College, May 19, 2011
Speaker, “Social Media for Lawyers,” New York Law School, Oct. 14, 2009
High School Programs
Instructor, Louisiana High School Journalism Day (media law sessions), 2014, 2015
Instructor, Nevada High School Journalism Day (media law sessions), 2010, 2011, 2012
Instructor, LeadAmerica (annual journalism/media summer immersion program), 2008, 2009, 2010
Instructor, Columbia Scholastic Press Association (annual convention for high school journalists), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Speaker, N.Y.C. Bar Association (career days, journalism and Constitution programs in public schools), 2001 – 2005