David McCraw, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, The New York Times Company
David McCraw is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times Company, where he is responsible for newsroom legal affairs and serves as lead legal counsel for The Times’s freedom-of-information litigation. He was previously Deputy General Counsel at the New York Daily News. Mr. McCraw has served as a consultant to the drafters of freedom-of-information laws in Yemen and Kuwait and has conducted workshops on press freedom issues in various countries in the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe. He was honored in 2010 by the New York City Bar Association for his international pro bono work. Mr. McCraw is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.
Dale Cohen, Emory University
Dale Cohen is a media lawyer, executive and educator currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dale has long grappled with media law issues as both in-house counsel and as a trial lawyer and as a journalism school professor. He has also managed news organizations and legal staffs responsible for the full gamut of legal issues affecting newsrooms, including defamation, privacy, intellectual property and labor and employment law. Most recently, Dale served as Senior Director, HR – News and Programming for NPR. Prior to that, Dale was Associate General Counsel, Media for Cox Enterprises Inc. Prior to joining Cox, Dale held several executive positions at Tribune Company and its subsidiaries, including a newsroom role as Operations Editor/Senior Counsel at Chicago Tribune Company. Dale also served as was Vice-President, Human Resources and Legal Affairs for The Baltimore Sun and as Senior Counsel, Publishing/Interactive at Tribune Company. Prior to joining Tribune Company, he was a litigation partner concentrating in media, first amendment law and intellectual property for Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Dale currently teaches Communications Law at Emory University. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at both the Merill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Dale has been a frequent speaker at media law conferences over the course of his career. He served as a longtime board member of the Media Law Resource Center and is currently on the board of the MLRC Institute and the ABA Forum on Communications Law.
Lucy Dalglish – Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Lucy A. Dalglish is the Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a voluntary, unincorporated association of reporters and news editors dedicated to protecting the First Amendment interests of the news media. Based in Arlington, Va., the Reporters Committee has provided research, guidance and representation in major press cases in state and federal courts since 1970. Prior to assuming the position in January 2000, Dalglish was a media lawyer for almost five years in the trial department of the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. From 1980 to 1993, Dalglish was a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As a reporter, she covered beats ranging from general assignment and suburbs to education and courts. During her last three years at the Pioneer Press, she served as night city editor, assistant news editor and national/foreign editor. Dalglish was awarded the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1995. A year later, she was one of 24 journalists, lawyers, lawmakers, educators, researchers, librarians and historians inducted into the charter class of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. She has been a national leader in supporting open meeting and open records laws at the state and federal level, as well as a key player over the past 10 years in the effort to pass state and federal reporters “shield laws.” She serves on the boards or advisory committees of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the National Center for Courts and the Media, the Sunshine in Government Initiative, Openthegovernment.org, and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. Dalglish earned a juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1995; a master of studies in law degree from Yale Law School in 1988; and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of North Dakota in 1980.
Mickey H. Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association
Mickey H. Osterreicher is general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee and the American Bar Association Communications Law Forum. He has been a photojournalist almost forty years, working first for the Buffalo Courier-Express as a still photographer and then at WKBW-TV, the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, NY, shooting, editing and producing video. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and USA Today as well as on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and ESPN. As a lawyer, Mr. Osterreicher has been actively involved in such issues as: cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography and copyright infringement. He helped to draft the revised photography guidelines for Amtrak and police-press guidelines for the Toledo, OH; Miami Beach, FL; Suffolk County, NY; and Rochester, NY Police Departments. Mr. Osterreicher also rewrote the Fair Trial/Free Press and Cameras in the Courtroom section of the New York State Bar Association Journalists’ Handbook. He writes regularly for the NPPA magazine as well as other online publications and has been quoted in the news nationally on these issues. He has been an adjunct lecturer in Photojournalism at SUNY at Buffalo and an adjunct law professor in media and the law at the University at Buffalo Law School. He was also a member on the advisory panel for Cameras in the Courtroom in Erie County and as an instructor for Press-Emergency Services Relations seminars in Erie and Niagara Counties. He was an instructor in media relations for the Erie County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program. In 2007 he was a panelist at the Fair Trial/Free Press Conference at Syracuse University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. CEPA’s mission is to present contemporary photo-related art, to support working artists, and to promote a greater understanding of photography and its associated aesthetic and cultural issues. He has also been a reserve deputy on the Erie County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Staff since 1976. In 2006 he received the Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit and the Presidential Medal from the National Press Photographers Association. He was presented the 2002 Liberty Bell Award from Erie County Bar Association given in appreciation of outstanding service to the community; He had a fellowship to National Press Foundation America’s Legal System in 2001. In 1998 he won the Media Award from Erie County Bar Association in recognition of continuing work in Domestic Violence Awareness. He was the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists annual college scholarship for 1997-98. In 1994 Osterreicher was named Reserve Deputy of the Year Award by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department Badge & Shield Club. In 1993 he received the Commissioner’s Citation for exemplary community service to the Buffalo Fire Department. He has also won numerous regional and national awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Associated Press for photojournalism in both still and video. Mr. Osterreicher graduated cum laude in 1973 from SUNY at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism/Photography and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1998.
C. Amanda Martin, General Counsel, North Carolina Press Association, Partner, Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC.
C. Amanda Martin is a founding partner of Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC. As general counsel to the North Carolina Press Association, Amanda counsels reporters and editors at more than 200 newspapers on an array of topics including resisting subpoenas, avoiding libel suits, advertising regulations, and gaining access to closed government meetings and records. She also represents clients concerning internet issues and handles trademark, copyright and other intellectual property matters.
Dr. Amy Kristin Sanders, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications and Law, University of Minnesota
Dr. Amy Kristin Sanders is an award-winning journalist and licensed attorney. As an assistant professor of mass communication and law at the University of Minnesota, Sanders’ research focuses on the intersection of law and new technology. Her work includes published articles in the areas of telecommunication regulation, online defamation and media ownership. She regularly speaks about cyberspace law to journalism, legal and civic groups, and her research has appeared in Communication Law and Policy, the Federal Communication Law Journal, the Journal of Media Law and Ethics and the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. Sanders is the co-author, along with T. Barton Carter, Marc A. Franklin and Jay B. Wright, of the casebook First Amendment and the Fourth Estate: Mass Media Law (11th edition, Foundation Press). She teaches mass communication law, cyberspace law, and a graduate-level course in qualitative mass communication research and theory. Prior to joining the Minnesota faculty, Dr. Sanders worked as a copy editor and page designer for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, a New York Times Co. newspaper. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Law from the University of Florida. She obtained her MA in Professional Journalism and Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Justin Brown, Assistant Professor of Telecommunications, University of South Florida
Justin Brown is currently an assistant professor of telecommunications in the School of Mass Communication at the University of South Florida. His research interests center on communication law and policy, including digital media. Dr. Brown has made research presentations at conferences of the International Communications Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Broadcast Education Association and the Telecommunication Policy Research Conference. His research publication venues include Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Communication Research, Communication Law & Policy, Federal Communications Law Journal, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, IDEA: Intellectual Property Law Review and Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. He also worked as a research assistant at Penn State’s Institute for Information Policy and the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment. He is a member of editorial review board of Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. He earned his B.S. (Journalism) from the University of Oregon, and his M.A. (Telecommunication Studies) and Ph.D. (Mass Communication) from Penn State University.
Richard Rimer, Intellectual Property Group, Troutman Sanders LLP
Richard is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group at Troutman Sanders LLP. His practice focuses on trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters, with an emphasis on securing and enforcing intellectual property rights. He advises clients on strategies for trademark clearance, prosecution, registration and enforcement in the U.S. and internationally, including pursuing and defending against oppositions and cancellations. He also counsels and represents clients in disputes involving domain names, creative works, trade dress, false advertising, and rights of publicity. Additionally, he assists in and manages transactions involving the licensing, assignment, purchase and sale of intellectual properties, including all related due diligence. Richard has also negotiated and drafted a variety of agreements concerning intellectual property rights, including software development agreements, product development agreements, employee agreements, consulting agreements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and corporate intellectual property policies.
Deborah Gonzalez, Founder, Law2sm, LLC
Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is the founder of Law2sm, LLC, a new legal consulting firm focusing on helping its clients navigate the legal issues relating to the new digital and social media world. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1997. Following graduation, she built a successful boutique practice in New York City, focusing on the arts, music and entertainment scene. In 2007, Deborah relocated to Georgia where she was employed by the University System of Georgia. In 2008 she was granted reciprocity to practice law in Georgia. Deborah’s practice has taken her from an inner-city arts community center in NYC to a sidewalk café in Eastern Europe; from preparing programs for diplomats in the EU to assisting medical missions with refugee communities in Thailand; from protecting against music piracy in the US to protecting against bio-piracy in South America. And now it is transporting her beyond the Internet to the social space where the physical and digital dimensions of her clients co-exist and where she can leverage her legal expertise to their benefit. In various venues throughout the United States and abroad, Deborah speaks on the legal issues relating to intellectual property, art and entertainment law, and social media trends and practices.
Lesli Gaither, Attorney, Dow Lohnes, PLLC
Lesli Gaither has been an attorney at Dow Lohnes, PLLC since 2001, practicing first in the Washington, D.C. office and then relocating to Atlanta. Lesli represents clients in a variety of matters dealing predominantly with complex commercial litigation and media issues. Lesli has extensive First Amendment experience in the areas of libel and invasion of privacy, including litigation, pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, and open access issues. Lesli has also been fortunate in her practice to have a close relationship with her clients, allowing her to assist them in their day-to-day needs. This has allowed her to counsel various clients regarding, among other things, subpoena responses, customer relations issues, and pre-litigation decision-making. Lesli earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in 1997, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2001.
John Jupin, Retired Special Agent, US Dept. of Labor, Office of Inspector General (Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations)
John Jupin is a retired federal special agent with twenty-five years of law enforcement experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and received his Masters in Public Administration from Old Dominion University while on active duty in the United States Navy on board the USS John F Kennedy. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Lanier Technical College, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and member of the Board of Directors for the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #82, Cumming, Georgia.
Clay Calvert, Director, Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, University of Florida
Clay Calvert is Professor and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and the director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 published law journal articles, as well as dozens of op-ed commentaries. Professor Calvert is co-author, along with Don R. Pember, of the market-leading, undergraduate-level media law textbook from McGraw Hill, Mass Media Law (17th ed. 2011), and is author of Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture (Westview Press, 2000). He received his J.D. with Great Distinction in 1991 from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and later earned a Ph.D. in 1996 in Communication from Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in Communication in 1987. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Peter Canfield, Dow Lohnes, PLLC
Peter Canfield is a member of the Atlanta office of Dow Lohnes PLLC, with a practice devoted to the representation of print, broadcast and online media organizations, reporters, authors and advertisers. Canfield has been recognized since 1993 by Best Lawyers of America for his expertise in First Amendment law and litigation as well as for his reputation in intellectual property litigation and bet-the-company and commercial litigation. In Georgia, Canfield is a founding director of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and chair of the annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference. Nationally, he is a past chair of the biennial media law conference of the Newspaper Association of American and the National Association of Broadcasters and a past director of the New York-based Media Law Resource Center and of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. Canfield graduated in 1976, with honors, from Amherst College, where he was an editor of the student newspaper. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Canfield clerked for United States Court of Appeals Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. (Eleventh Circuit) and United States District Judge Myron Thompson (M.D. Ala.) and, following that service, as a Deputy District Attorney for Montgomery County, Alabama, a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and a trial and appellate attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. He joined Dow Lohnes in Atlanta in 1986.
Robert Bertsche, Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Robert A. Bertsche represents online, print, and electronic media including magazines, newspapers, websites, bloggers, book publishers, broadcasters, and filmmakers, among others. A partner at the Boston law firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP, he serves as outside general counsel to the New England Newspaper and Press Association and is on legal advisory boards to the Student Press Law Center and the New England First Amendment Center. He chairs Prince Lobel’s media law practice group, which provides services including prepublication and pre-broadcast review; litigation and advice in such areas as libel, access, privacy, reporters’ privilege, and copyright and trademark infringement; and counsel on issues including website compliance, social media, sweepstakes, and advertising. He works closely with Prince Lobel’s employment, corporate, insurance, criminal law, and real estate lawyers to provide a wide gamut of services to media clients nationwide. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School, Rob worked as a daily newspaper reporter and magazine editor before deciding his future might be brighter as a lawyer. He has been listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” (Woodward/White) every year since 2006, and has been repeatedly granted “Super Lawyer” status as well.
Vera Haller, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Baruch College
Vera Haller has been an assistant professor of journalism at Baruch College since August 2007. She came to Baruch from amNewYork, the New York City free daily newspaper where she was the editor-in-chief. She worked closely with the staff of amNY.com to coordinate print side and Web site coverage, and to develop ways to use the paper as a vehicle to drive readership online. Before moving to amNewYork, Haller was editor of NYNewsday.com,Newsday’s former Web site devoted to New York City news. She was one of the founding staff members and helped launch the site after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At NYNewsday.com, Haller practiced all aspects of online journalism – from updating the site with breaking news to shooting and editing video reports to producing large multimedia features. Vera began her career at The Associated Press, where she was a reporter and editor in the New York City bureau for eight years. She then spent many years overseas – in Rome where she worked for Reuters and then as a freelance reporter in Johannesburg. She is currently a blogger for HuffingtonPost New York and a freelance writer and multimedia producer for other publications.
Johnita P. Due, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Diversity Advisor, CNN
Due joined CNN in 2003 and is based in the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. She has been Diversity Council chair since 2005. As assistant general counsel, Due advises on First Amendment, newsgathering, and copyright law. In addition, she has been a central figure in addressing evolving new media law issues, including matters arising from user-generated content and social media. Notably, she helped shepherd the development and launch of CNN’s first ever user-generated content website, iReport.com. Due has also managed access matters for CNN such as its successful lawsuits against the State of Florida for a copy of its suspected felons list prior to the 2004 election, and against the federal government to gain access to Hurricane Katrina victim recovery efforts. As chief diversity advisor, Due chairs a 28-member Diversity Council and provides guidance and leadership to CNN management in both business and editorial areas relating to initiatives to further CNN’s diversity mission In this role, she was key to the development of CNN’s global programming initiatives Black in America and Latino in America and of “CNN Dialogues,” a series of community dialogues on the topics shaping our times, launched in partnership with Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study for Race and Difference and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. In 2008, she was presented with the Ida B. Wells Award by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Conference of Editorial Writers, which cited her “passionate and impactful efforts to promote diversity in staffing and expanded coverage of minority communities and issues at one of the nation’s preeminent news outlets, and for championing the cause of diversity beyond her newsroom’s doors.” She also received a 2008 NAMIC Luminary Award for her commitment to promoting multi-ethnic diversity within her company and for giving back to her community. In 2008, she was featured among the “Second 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by CableFAX magazine and named a “Diversity Champion” by Diversity Edge magazine. In 2007, Due was recognized as one of the “Top Black Voices in Network News” by Ebony magazine. Due is a 2008 McCormick Fellow and an alumna of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2008. She is a member of the governing board of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law and serves as a board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of Vox Teen Communications in Atlanta. Due has presented or moderated at numerous conferences on diversity and media law subjects sponsored by such organizations as the American Bar Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, the McCormick Tribune Fellows Program, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, the Anti-Racist Network for Equality in Europe, the Cornell Alumni Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She has been published in such legal publications as the MLRC Media Law Letter and The Human Rights Brief. Prior to joining CNN, Due was associate general counsel for The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., where she practiced litigation, intellectual property, and media law. While at McGraw-Hill, Due received a Black Achievers in Industry award from the Harlem branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. She also served as an adjunct professor of media law at Cornell Law School from 2001-2002. Before joining McGraw-Hill, Due worked as a litigation associate at the New York office of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts. In 1994, as a pro bono fellow for the firm, Due worked in Rome as vice president of S.O.S. Razzismo Italia, a non-profit organization that is part of a European network committed to fighting racial discrimination against immigrants and other people of color. Due earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Sussex in England by studying race relations and organizational culture under a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. She earned her law degree from Cornell Law School, specializing in international legal affairs. As a law student, Due was an NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Scholar and intern and she also interned at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights.
Josh Levs, Journalist, CNN
Josh Levs is an award-winning broadcast journalist, reporting for CNN from its world headquarters in Atlanta. He specializes in “Reality Checking” politicians’ claims, explaining complex international and economic issues, and discovering fun, entertaining stories. An expert with CNN’s “Magic Wall” and other new technologies, Levs harnesses interactive tools and social media to provide facts, context, and perspectives on major breaking news stories, while keeping viewers involved in the experience. His fellow anchors have called him “truth seeker in chief” and “Mr. Reality.” PBS MediaShift called him “one of the most social media-savvy journalists in broadcast news.” Mediabistro called him CNN’s “social media guru.” Levs also reports on the new era of fatherhood and issues surrounding it, bringing together dads for some of the most frank discussions ever seen on television. Levs began his on-air work with CNN in 2006. Before that, he reported for NPR for 10 years. He also writes many of the top stories on CNN.com, as a part of the CNN Wire team. Levs has won many of the top honors in broadcasting, including two Edward R. Murrow awards for his own NPR series on Hurricane Katrina; three Peabody awards and one from duPont-Columbia for his work at CNN, and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and other organizations. The Atlanta Press Club named him a Journalist of the Year, and a scholarship was awarded in his name at his alma mater, Yale University. His unique role cross-platform role in the news world has made him a key player in covering virtually all major events for CNN in recent years. Amid the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa of 2011, Levs reported on what triggered the protests, as well as the role of social media. He has also been part of CNN’s coverage of NASA’s final space shuttle mission, the royal wedding, Hurricane Irene, and other major breaking news stories. During the 2009 protests in Iran, Levs was the first at CNN to report on Neda, a young woman killed. He was the central on-air reporter for the Haiti Missing Desk, working to help desperate viewers track down loved ones after a devastating earthquake. During the BP oil disaster, Levs described the various efforts under way to stop the flow. Throughout the 2008 presidential election, and again throughout the debate over health care reform in 2009, Levs was the central on-air reporter for the CNN Truth Squad, sifting fact from fiction. A comedy show starring D.L. Hughley invited him to skewer that role, to hilarious results. For both the 2008 and 2010 elections, Levs was the central on-air reporter for the CNN Voting Irregularities desk, investigating reports of possible irregularities at precincts nationwide. In 2010, he spent months as the central anchor of the CNN Stimulus Desk, showing viewers what had happened to billions of Recovery Act dollars. Levs graduated from Yale University with honors earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Art Neill, Founder, New Media Rights
Art Neill practices public interest law in the areas of intellectual property, Internet, and communications law. Art is the founder of New Media Rights (NewMediaRights.org), based in San Diego, Calif., providing pro bono legal advocacy regarding intellectual property, online publishing, and legal issues that arise with new technologies and media. With a focus on citizen creators and innovative online services, Art provides one-to-one legal assistance daily to ensure independent media creators are protected, and understand and their rights online. Art’s work focuses on copyright law, fair use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, liability of interactive websites which utilize extensive user generated or aggregated content, the use of Creative Commons licenses, and proprietary and open source software licenses, among other topics. New Media Rights facilitates nonprofits and individual creators, artists, and filmmakers in collaborating and producing their own videos, podcasts, and multimedia projects, while encouraging the use of open source technologies and licenses. The use of its studio and accompanying legal resources is provided free of charge. Prior to New Media Rights, as a an attorney with UCAN, Art achieved numerous victories and refunds for consumers, serving as counsel in cases at the California Public Utilities Commission as well as in federal court against companies such as MCI/Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Telepacific/Mpower, and SDG&E. Art currently serves as an alternate member of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. He is also a techie, musician, and an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law teaching a course on Social Media and the Law.
Carlos Miller, Multimedia Journalist, Photography is Not a Crime
Carlos Miller is a Miami multimedia journalist who has been arrested twice for taking pictures of cops. He’s beaten both cases, including a resisting arrest conviction that he had reversed on appeal pro se (meaning without a lawyer). And he’s documented some of the most absurd cases against photographers over the last few years. Since launching Photography is Not a Crime in 2007, Miller and/or his blog has been mentioned in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ABC News, Fox News, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC Washington, The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami New Times, The Daily Record (NJ), BoingBoing and Playboy Magazine.In March 2010, PINAC won the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best of Blog Award for “Best Overall Blog,” beating almost 200 other local blogs. He has also been interviewed by countless radio stations and been asked to speak in front of classes and on panels where he shares his expertise on First Amendment rights in the digital age.
Mark S. VanderBroek, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Mark has over 25 years of experience litigating, arbitrating, mediating and resolving intellectual property disputes involving trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, counterfeiting, false advertising, franchise rights, the Internet and electronic commerce, domain names, technology, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, product disparagement and unfair competition claims; and commercial and business disputes including claims such as breach of contract, tortious interference, fraud, defamation, RICO and challenges to government contract awards. Mark also regularly counsels clients in the franchise industry on issues relating to franchise disclosure, regulation, contracts and system start up and modification.
Eric P. Robinson, Deputy Director, Reynolds Center, University of Nevada
Eric P. Robinson is Deputy Director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Courts and Media at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches media law and edits the Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal. Previously he was a Staff Attorney at the Media Law Resource Center, and worked at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He is a former newspaper and magazine editor and reporter, and has also worked in staff positions for federal, state and local elected officials. He has written articles on First Amendment issues for various professional and academic publications, blogs for the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and maintains his own blog, www.bloglawonline.com.
Valerie Cummings, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Howard University
Valerie Cummings is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Howard University where she teaches broadcast news reporting and writing, and media law. She holds degrees from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Columbia University Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar. Prior joining the faculty at Howard University, Cummings spent more than 20 years in the news industry. She began her career at the Miami Herald where she was a features reporter and writer before moving into broadcasting. Cummings worked as a writer/producer for former ABC News affiliate, WPLG-TV in Miami, and spent nine years producing for the CBS Network on news magazine shows including Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, West 57th and Face to Face with Connie Chung. She is currently working on an independent documentary film on African American Women and HIV/AIDS.
Daniel A. Shmalo, Founder and Partner, 360 Venture Law LLP
Daniel A. Shmalo is the founder and partner of 360 Venture Law (Shmalo Lang) LLP, a specialized law firm working with start-up and fast-growing entrepreneurial companies and their investors. Dan practices in the areas of corporate law, venture capital, private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, investment fund formation, business contracts, and technology licensing & commercialization. Dan was previously an attorney with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP and with Holland & Knight, LLP. In a past life, he was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and PaineWebber (now UBS), two of the nation’s leading investment banks, and held various securities, commodity and insurance licenses. Dan is a past president and a member of the board of directors of SERIS; he served on the Georgia Technology Transfer Group, a GECA sub-committee whose members included the technology transfer officers from all six research universities in Georgia, and on the host committee for the 2004 Georgia Technology Summit and he was the recipient of a community contribution award from TechLINKS in March 2004. Dan has been a speaker at business, legal and technology events, including the Venture Capital Transactions seminar for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education of Georgia (2003, 2005), Start-Up and Emerging Companies (2010), and Small Business Finance Institute (2011). Dan participates in the Saturday Lawyer pro bono program of the Georgia Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Dan is a marathon runner, mentor, and member of the Alumni Advisory Committee with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Team In Training” program. He has completed seven marathons since 2004 raising more than $40,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Tulane Law School, and his LL.M. (securities and financial regulation) from the Georgetown University Law Center. Dan is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Corporate and Technology Law Sections) and the American Bar Association and lives in Atlanta with his wife Erin and their 2 year old twins Brandon and Emily.
Douglas Kenyon, Attorney, Hunton & Williams, LLP
Doug focuses on domestic and international legal issues, including antitrust, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, counterfeiting, trade secrets protection, art, entertainment, publishing, technology licensing, corporate compliance, corporate investigations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and commercial litigation. Doug (in 1980) initiated the development of a distinct trademark and copyright practice within the firm. He has represented domestic and international clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including the acquisition, maintenance and licensing of intellectual property worldwide, the protection of intellectual property through anti-counterfeiting, infringement and cyber-squatting litigation and the development of intellectual property law and policy. Doug also engages in a wide range of pro bono activities that benefit from his intellectual property acumen. He provides intellectual property advice to several groups, including the following: Search for Common Ground, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that seeks the cooperative resolution of violent conflicts around the globe; the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), an affiliate of the World Bank, which promotes microfinancing for poor people around the world; Gluten Intolerance Group, a Seattle-based organization that provides support to persons with gluten intolerances; and SHARE, a New York City-based organization that offers survivor-led support to women affected by breast or ovarian cancer. Doug has chaired the Task Force on Data Exclusivity, International Chamber of Commerce and Task Force on Chinese Trademark Law Revision, International Chamber of Commerce.
Kari L. Moeller, Senior Counsel at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Kari L. Moeller is Senior Counsel at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Her practice covers digital and wireless advertising, online behavioral advertising, user-generated content, electronic commerce, consumer data collection and use, consumer protection, privacy, and data security. She has extensive experience with regard to technologies and data collection involved in the digital advertising industry and helped draft both ad placement/positioning and data usage/ownership language in the current version of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Standard Terms & Conditions for Interactive Advertising. Her past experience at Turner includes online intellectual property enforcement and managing Turner’s domain name portfolio, during which she was a member of the ICANN Whois Working Group. She also chaired Turner’s Pro Bono Committee from 2008-2010.
Andrew Christopher, Media and Information Technologies Group, Dow Lohnes
Andrew Christopher joined Dow Lohnes in 2008 and is an Associate in the Media and Information Technologies practice group. He counsels clients in the newspaper, radio, television, cable and online media industries on a variety of regulatory and intellectual property issues, including copyright, trademark, advertising, and privacy matters. Mr. Christopher’s practice also includes counseling clients on the availability of trademarks and service marks for use and registration through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and prosecuting domain name disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organization. While in law school, Mr. Christopher was an associate editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law. He also worked as a law clerk at the Media Access Project, focusing on media and communications policy issues.
Sosh Howell, CEO, AppedOn
Sosh has over 10 years of experience in many aspects of online marketing, including SEO, software development, project management, and business automation. Currently he is focused on developing new technologies for AppedOn and educating businesses about app development. Beginning his career in Asheville, North Carolina, Sosh studied Information Technology at UNC Asheville before delving into Internet marketing and the (then-new) field of search engine optimization. While working for JBA Networks in Asheville, Sosh managed their Search Engine Optimization Department and, later, the Internet Marketing Department. After moving to Atlanta in 2007, he took over managing the Internet Marketing Department of Gas Products Company, where he also streamlined their Internet sales processes by creating customized software solutions. Sosh co-founded BlueSHIFT 7, a full-service digital marketing firm, in 2009, and expanded into the apps market one year later with AppedOn.