Committee on Media Law

 Formed 7/1/1985

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The Committee on Media and the law Presents
The Second Annual Fair Trial/Free Press From Both Sides of the Bench Panel

Co-sponsored by The Criminal Justice Section  

Monday, April 28th, ​Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York City, Ceremonial Courtroom

Committee on Media Law
Chair Lynn Oberlander
General Counsel-Media Operations
First Look Media
New York City

Learn from a distinguished panel of federal and state judges, prosecutors, journalists, and defense and media counsel about the interplay of criminal defendants’ Sixth Amendment rights, the First Amendment rights of the public and press to attend and report on criminal proceedings, and the view from the bench.  In a high profile case, how should the parties, the court, and the media conduct themselves regarding publicity, discovery and the trial itself?  Should the trial be televised? 


  • Daniel N. Arshack, Arshack, Hajek & Lehrman
  • George Freeman, Jenner & Block LLP


  • Daniel Alonso, Former Chief Assistant District Attorney, New York County
  • Zachary Carter, New York City Corporation Counsel
  • Judge Shira Scheindlin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Andrew Siff, Reporter, NBC 4 New York
  • Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed
  • Joe Tacopina, Esq., Tacopina, Seigel & Turano, P.C.
  • Hon. Penny Wolfgang, New York State Supreme Court
  • Richard Zabel, Deputy U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York 

Other panelists to be announced.

5:00 – 5:30 pm | Registration
5:30 – 5:55 pm | Introductions to Panelists and to Hypothetical
5:55 – 6:20 pm | Press Coverage of High Profile Criminal Proceedings (First Amendment vs. Sixth Amendment rights)/Access to the Courtroom
6:20 – 6:55 pm | Gag Orders/Subpoenas for Journalists’ Testimony
6:55 – 7:20 pm | Cameras in the Court/Juror Interviews
7:20 – 7:30 pm | Conclusions and Q&A 

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To register by phone, please call our State Bar Service Center at (800) 582-2452 to speak with a representative.

Mission Statement

The Committee on Media Law shall consider all questions of public importance pertaining to First Amendment rights, access, freedom of information, government open meetings laws, media ownership, libel and privacy, privilege, confidentiality, advertising, fair trial/free press, and others.

In addition, the Committee on Media Law is charged with monitoring and evaluating developments applicable to the broad spectrum of matters encompassed by the electronic media industry and the rapidly developing technologies in the field of electronic communications. This includes discussion of current regulatory and other legal positions, policies and trends in the areas of conventional and subscription television broadcasting, radio broadcasting, telecasting via satellite communications, multi-point distribution or cable television, as well as other related programs or informational delivery systems.

The Committee shall cooperate with all existing Association committees having similar interests, including: Continuing Legal Education, Law Office Economics and Management, Public Access to Information and Proceedings. Where advisable, the Committee will cooperate with particular sections of the Association where areas for mutual sharing of interest and expertise may exist.

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