Committee on Media Law

 Formed 7/1/1985

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.

Committee Roster 

Programs & Events 


A hypothetical case with issues including:

Invasion of Privacy
Criminal Subpoenas on the Press
Social Media
Police Body Cams
Press Access to Police Actions 

A distinguished panel featuring

Hon. Ronnie Abrams
U.S. District Judge (S.D.N.Y.)

Lawrence Byrne, Esq. 
Deputy Commissioner, Legal Matters, N.Y.P.D.

Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr.
Judge, N.Y. Court of Appeals

Benjamin E. Rosenberg, Esq.
General Counsel, Manhattan D.A.’s Office

Ted Wells, Esq.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and a prominent journalist and media lawyer

Ceremonial Courtroom
Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse
500 Pearl Street (Downtown Manhattan)
January 26, 2016 | 5:30 p.m.
Presented by the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Media Law Committee


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