The 23rd Annual Conference of the ABA Forum on Communications Law being held on March 1-3, 2018 in Napa Valley, California provides an exciting opportunity to explore the cutting-edge legal issues facing media and communications lawyers with an impressive roster of dynamic and diverse speakers and facilitators.
On Friday, the conference will open with two compelling plenary sessions. In the first session, we will explore the impact of “fake news” on professional journalism and social media, the risks it poses to free expression on the Internet, and the legal remedies and pitfalls when dealing with it. The second plenary will discuss the current state of monitoring online content, including the legal requirements, social, political and ethical considerations and technological and commercial challenges, and debate what we can expect in the near future.
You know what Pokémon Go is and maybe have even played it (or watched your children play with it), but there is so much more to learn about augmented and virtual reality. There are even products offering “diminished reality” experiences. Our keynote luncheon on Friday will feature a demonstration of the latest technology and an expert panel led by James Gatto, with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, will explore some of the thorny legal issues for both creators and users of the technology.
On Saturday morning, our third plenary session will explore the legacy of FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, in which, forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC’s first indecency policies banning George Carlin’s “seven dirty words” comedic monologue.
The small-group workshops at this year’s Conference offers sessions on: Access and Newsgathering; Advertising and Promotions; Anti-SLAPP and Other Legislation; Entertainment Law; Ethics; International and Cross Border Vetting; Internet and Data Privacy; Libel and Privacy; Reporter’s Privilege; and Social Media. The Conference also sets the stage for our young lawyers Media Advocacy Workshop, an all-day practicum on Thursday, March 1, run by the Forum’s Training and Development Committee. In addition, the Conference will host a variety of meetings of Forum Committees, including: Digital Communications, In-House Counsel, Teach Media Law, Young Lawyers and Law School Students, and Women in Communications Law. The Forum’s Tenth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition will take place on March 1 and March 2. The Competition is designed to expose minority law students to the Forum and the practice of media law.
We are grateful for our Passport sponsors, whose generosity funds all of the Forum’s activities during our 2017–2018 Conference Year, including the Media Advocacy Workshop and the Moot Court Competition and for our Annual Conference sponsors.
SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of scholarships to defray tuition expenses are available for this program. For attorneys who qualify will receive a 50% reduction in the course fee(s). This does not include any reduction in meals, lodging, or travel costs associated with the course. To request an application or receive additional information, please contact Bernadette Steele at Bernadette.Steele@americanbar.org. Scholarship applications must be received by the ABA no later than February 1, 2018 prior to the program presentation.