Media lawyers brown bag

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Maggie Mulvihill of Boston University; Katie Townsend of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Tina Salvato of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; Matthew Halgren of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; Adam Marshall of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 12:45pm
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Maggie Mulvihill, Boston University

During the media lawyers brown bag, between 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. on Friday, March 8, bring your lunch and your questions for a personal discussion with a panel of media lawyers and FOIA-savvy speakers. IRE & NICAR will provide drinks and dessert.

Speaker Bios

  • Matthew Halgren is an attorney in San Diego. A First Amendment specialist, he advises clients in the news media industry on matters related to the reporting process. He enjoys collaborating with journalists to obtain government records and to avoid the legal pitfalls that can accompany the work of a free press. He is knowledgeable about defamation, copyright, reporter's privilege, invasion of privacy, statutory and constitutional rights of access, and related matters.

  • Adam A. Marshall is the Knight Foundation litigation attorney at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. His work includes federal and state litigation, writing amicus briefs and training journalists. In 2017, Adam was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30: Media” list for his work promoting government transparency. He is the co-author of a chapter on FOIA in "Troubling Transparency" (CUP 2018). You can find his occasional FOIA rants on Twitter: @a_marshall_plan

  • Maggie Mulvihill’s data journalism students have been honored with 10 regional or national awards since 2011 as well as being named finalists for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. An attorney, Maggie serves on the Steering Committee of the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press, the board of the New England First Amendment Coalition, is a co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and a former Nieman Fellow.

  • Tina Salvato is an intellectual property and media law attorney at Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles, where she focuses her practice on defending media clients and protecting brands and creative works. She litigates defamation, right of publicity, open records, and copyright cases, and she also provides prepublication review. After a brief stint in journalism, Tina began her legal career in Chicago as a law clerk for Tribune Media and an associate at a media law boutique.

  • 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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