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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 Journalism Programs

School of Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina

Law and Ethics of Mass Communications, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

Manship School of Public Communication, Louisiana State University

Media Ethics & Social Responsibility, Spring 2016
Mass Media Law, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
Manship in DC, Summer 2015

Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.

Media Ethics and Law, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York

Legal and Ethical Issues, Fall 2012

Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno

First Amendment & Society, Fall 2010 (T.A.), Fall 2011, Spring 2012


Guest Lectures

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 Lousiana – Monroe, Monroe, La. (via Skype) (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 (Instructor), Publishing in the Digital Age, English Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. (Sept. 2 & 9, 2015).


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