Media lawyers brown bag

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Craig Hoffman of Ballard Spahr LLP; Chris Moeser of TEGNA Inc.; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 12:45pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your lunch and your questions for a discussion with some prominent media law experts who will be presenting throughout the 2017 IRE Conference. We'll provide drinks and dessert.

Speaker Bios

  • Craig Hoffman is a litigation partner at Ballard Spahr LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. He practices in a wide variety of areas, including media and entertainment law. His media and entertainment law practice involves representation of members of the media in defamation, privacy, and related First Amendment litigation.

  • Chris Moeser is Associate General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at TEGNA Inc.  Prior to joining TEGNA, Chris practiced First Amendment law at Ballard Spahr in Phoenix.  Before attending law school, Chris was a reporter at The Phoenix Gazette and The Arizona Republic.  

  • Katie Townsend (@katie_rcfp) is the Legal Director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.  She oversees the litigation, amicus, and other legal work of Reporters Committee attorneys, and represents the Reporters Committee, news organizations, and individual journalists in court access, freedom of information, and other First Amendment and press freedom matters.

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