Teaching Philosophy

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, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Law and Ethics of Mass Communications: Internet and Social Media (undergraduate honors): Spring 2018, Fall 2019
Media Law (masters): Spring 2019, Spring 2020
Seminar In Mass Communication Legal Research Methods (doctoral): Fall 2017, Spring 2020

Recognized as a “Professor for Student Affordability” for use of free and low-cost texts and teaching resources

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), co-instructor, 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


Discussing Controversial Issues and Right of Free Speech. Center for Teaching Excellence, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. (Feb. 12, 2019).

Invited Lectures

The Star Chamber, 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, Fake News: The Law of False Publications. LexisNexis, online continuing legal education webinar.

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, Southern Interscholastic Press Association convention (legal sessions for students and advisors), 2017, 2018

Instructor, Louisiana Scholastic Press Association, fall conference (legal sessions for students and advisors), 2014, 2015, 2016

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, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005