Emory Report

February 16, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 21

Thrower Symposium examines relationship of law and journalism

Legal practitioners and journalists will offer their views on the competing interests of law and the news media at the 1998 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, Thursday, Feb. 19, at the School of Law.

The half-day event runs from 1 to 6:30 p.m. and will feature presentations and panel discussions on investigative journalism, the right to privacy, and freedom of the press versus the right to a fair trial. Jane Kirtley, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, will deliver the keynote address. The event is free and open to the public.

Speakers for the symposium include Randall Bezanson, professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, who will present a paper on "Means and Ends and Food Lion," concerning the controversial ABC News investigation of the supermarket chain; and Erwin Chemerinsky, professor at the University of Southern California Law Center, who will present "Silence is Not Golden: The Ethical Imperative of Attorney Speech."

Panelists for a discussion on "The Right to Privacy in Today's Media Driven Society" include David Kendall, partner with the Washington firm of Williams & Connolly, counsel for President Bill Clinton; Stuart Taylor, journalist, National Journal Group Inc.; and Hollie Manheimer, executive director of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

"Freedom of the Press versus the Right to a Fair Trial" panelists include Kent Alexander, partner at Atlanta's King & Spalding and former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; Lloyd Weinreb, Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears; and Wayne Grant, partner with Wood & Grant of Atlanta, counsel for Richard Jewell.

Moderators for the event are Morgan Cloud, professor of law, and David Garrow, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Legal History.

Continuing legal education credits for the Thrower Symposium are available, and advance registration for credits is encouraged. For more information call 404-727-6831.

-Elaine Justice

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