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 


Fair Trial/Free Press: From Both Sides of the Bench

A distinguished panel of federal and state judges, prosecutors, journalists, and defense and media counsel dissected a hypothetical case involving issues surrounding libel, invasion of privacy, criminal subpoenas and the press, social media, police body cameras, cameras in the courtroom, press access to police actions and drones.   

Fair trial, free press: Hypothetically understanding rights

By Christina Couto 

Drones, police body cameras, invasion of privacy and social media issues top the headlines daily. Not only do these issues make the news, the way they are handled by the media, police and even attorneys can become news. 

The State Bar’s Committee on Media Law invited a panel of attorneys, judges and members of the media, along with the commissioner of legal matters for the New York City Police Department (NYPD), to discuss what they would do in a hypothetical case involving a variety of hot-button media law and privacy issues.

Please click here for the full article that appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of the State Bar News. 

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