Delaware Law School is pleased to launch the new initiative: “Law School for Journalists” with a free program Wednesday, April 13. Journalists may attend in person or watch live online.
The program will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with Delaware Law School Dean Rod Smolla, a national expert on the First Amendment, presenting “Developments in Defamation, Privacy, National Security, and Confidential Sources.” He will explore developments on matters concerning journalists relating to defamation, invasion of privacy, national security, and confidential sources, examining where the law is and where it is moving in these critical arenas of law and journalism.
Smolla is one of the nation’s leading legal scholars on issues of freedom of speech, academic freedom and mass media. He served on the board of directors of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and directed the Annenberg Washington Libel Reform Project. He has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the topic of reporter’s privilege and has chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Defamation and Privacy Law, as well as its Section on Mass Communications Law.
Delaware Law School plans to offer this professional development opportunity for members of the media on a recurring basis. The initiative is intended to draw on the expertise of our distinguished faculty, who will present on legal topics of value to journalists – all in the spirit of public service. We recognize that an educated media makes for a better-informed society. There is no cost to participate.