Media lawyers brown-bag (Sponsored by TEGNA Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jeff Hermes of Media Law Resource Center; Jennifer Mansfield of Holland & Knight; Chris Moeser of TEGNA Inc.; Matt Topic of Loevy & Loevy; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 12:45pm
  • Location: Oceans 4
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

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 2018 IRE Conference. We'll provide drinks and dessert.

Speaker Bios

  • Jeff Hermes (@MediaLawMLRC) is a Deputy Director of the Media Law Resource Center, where he focuses on digital media law issues. He previously ran the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center, where he led initiatives to provide legal resources for independent journalists and online media ventures. Prior that, Jeff assisted clients in First Amendment, media, intellectual property and Internet law issues during fourteen years in private practice. 

  • Ms. Mansfield's media law practice includes representing newspapers and television stations in defense of defamation claims, courtroom access, Florida's Sunshine Law, responding to subpoenas, and for access to public records under the Freedom of Information Act and Florida's public records law.  She has also provided pre-publication review and counsel to documentary film makers.

  • 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.  

  • Matt Topic eads Loevy & Loevy’s Freedom of Information Act practice.  Matt has litigated hundreds of state and federal FOIA and other media cases around the country, often and reduced or no cost to clients, including release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in Chicago; records from the Mueller investigation; Rahm Emanuel’s “private emails” about public business; and FBI records that helped lead to the exoneration of an innocent man.

  • 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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