|Lawyers & Journalists Will Reverse Roles March 3
For release: Feb. 27, 2007
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Lawyers will report the news and journalists will argue cases Saturday, March 3, during a day-long workshop at the University of Memphis. The Law School for Journalists is designed to give each group a better idea of how the other goes about doing business.
The workshop, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the U of M, will begin with a mock trial. Following that, several panel discussions will examine the pretend proceedings, focusing on courtroom procedure and how the law affects the work of journalists.
Keynote speaker at lunch will be John Seigenthaler, former editor and publisher of The Tennessean, founding editor of USA Today, and founder of the First Amendment Center, which educates the public about their rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of the press.
Discussion leaders will include Judge Robert Childers, attorney Lucian Pera, and Bob Levey, holder of the Hardin Chair of Managerial Journalism at the University of Memphis.Sponsors of the event are the U.S. District Court for Western Tennessee, the Memphis Bar Association, and the U of M’s Department of Journalism and Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
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