Media lawyers brown-bag

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Maggie Mulvihill of Boston University; Matt Topic of Loevy & Loevy; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 9 at 12:45pm
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

During the media lawyers brown-bag, between 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. on Friday, March 9, bring your lunch and your questions for a personal discussion with a panel of media lawyers and FOIA-savvy speakers. We'll provide drinks and dessert.

Speaker Bios

  • @maggiemulvihill Maggie Mulvihill’s data journalism students have been honored with 10 regional or national journalism awards since 2011 as well as being named finalists for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Maggie, an attorney, co-founded the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, serves on the boards of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press and the New England First Amendment Coalition and was a 2004–2005 Nieman Fellow. 

  • Matt Topic is a government transparency and media lawyer who has represented scores of clients in hundreds of state and federal transparency and First Amendment cases, usually at no cost. Matt was the attorney responsible for forcing the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in Chicago. His pursuit of Rahm Emanuel’s so-called private emails on behalf of the Better Government Association earned BGA the 2017 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award from the SPJ.

  • 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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