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Every year more than 600 members and friends gather to support MLRC at a gala dinner featuring distinguished speakers, including prominent journalists and editors, media executives, and public officials. At the Dinner, MLRC presents its William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award given to those whose actions have advanced the cause of freedom of expression.


MLRC Annual Dinner 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Trump and the Press: A Conversation with Former Press Secretaries


Past Dinners

MLRC Annual Dinner 2016

Wednesday, November 11, 2016
The Tension Between National Security and an Independent Media


 

MLRC Annual Dinner 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
A Night at the Movies - Media Law & Ethical Issues in Recent Documentaries & Films


MLRC Annual Dinner 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
A Conversation With Hugh Grant
Transcript


MLRC Annual Dinner 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A Conversation With Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter, Playwright; Chris Matthews, Journalist and Host of MSNBC's "Hardball"
Press Release | Transcript & Video


MLRC Annual Dinner 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Politics, Media & Money:  Campaigning in the New Media and Money Environment

Alex Castellanos, Founding Partner, Purple Strategies and CNN Political Analyst; Edward G. Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania and NBC News Analyst; and moderator Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Host, “Andrea Mitchell Reports”
Press Release | Transcript


MLRC Annual Dinner 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Presentation of MLRC's William J. Brennan Jr. Defense of Freedom Award to Anthony Lewis, Author, Former New York Times Columnist and Supreme Court Reporter, Two-Time Pulitzer Winner. Introduction by Jeffrey Toobin, Staff Writer at The New Yorker, Senior Analyst at CNN.  Interview of Mr. Lewis by Terry Moran, Co-Anchor of ABC News "Nightline"
Press Release
| Transcript | Video


MLRC Annual Dinner 2010 (30th Anniversary)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Changing Business of News
Jill Abramson, The New York Times; Michael Kinsley, POLITICO; Jonathan Klein, formerly with CNN; and moderator Jonathan Alter, Newsweek
Press Release | Transcript | Video


MLRC Annual Dinner 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Power of Creativity: The Arts and Social Change
Oskar Eustis, The Public Theater; Arnold Lehman, The Brooklyn Museum; Peter Yarrow, singer-songwriter; and moderator Ken Paulson, Freedom Forum, Newseum and the Diversity Institute; William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to Václav Havel, playwright and former President, Czech Republic
Press Release | Transcript


MLRC Annual Dinner 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Presidency and the Press
Michael Beschloss, historian, commentator; David Gergen, Harvard Kennedy School, CNN; and Joe Lockhart, White House Press Secretary (1998-2000); and moderator Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Press Release


MLRC Annual Dinner 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Witnesses to our Time: Independent Voices of the Documentary
Lowell Bergman Producer/correspondent for FRONTLINE; Heidi Ewing Director of Jesus Camp Director of The Boys of Baraka; Alex Gibney Director and writer of “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”; and moderator Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to David Fanning, Executive Producer of FRONTLINE.
Press Release | Transcript


MLRC Annual Dinner 2006

Wednesday, November 16, 2006
Reporting on National Security under Threat of Indictment
Dana Priest, The Washington Post; David Remnick, The New Yorker; James Risen, The New York Times; Pierre Thomas, ABC News; and moderator Scott Pelley, CBS News
Press Release | Transcript


MLRC Annual Dinner 2005 (25th Anniversary)

Wednesday, November 9, 2005
A Discussion on the Reporter’s Privilege
Matt Cooper, TIME Magazine; Judith Miller, The New York Times; Congressman Mike Pence, R-6th District of Indiana; Jim Taricani, WJAR-TV, NBC 10; and moderator Terry Moran, ABC News
Press Release | Transcript


MLRC Annual Dinner 2004

Wednesday, November 17, 2004
A Conversation between Ted Turner and Tom Brokaw
Ted Turner, Turner Enterprises, Inc. and Tom Brokaw, "NBC Nightly News"
MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to Ted Turner, Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc.; Introduction by Tom Johnson, Former Chairman and CEO, CNN
Press Release | Transcript


MLRC Annual Dinner 2003

Wednesday, November 12, 2003
In the Trenches Revisited: War Reporting and the First Amendment-Part II
Cheryl Diaz Meyer, The Dallas Morning News; Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post; Michael Weisskopf, TIME Magazine; and moderator Brian Williams, NBC News MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to Howard H "Tim" Hays, former owner and publisher, Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Cal.; Presented by Gary B. Pruitt, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, The McClatchy Company
Press Release | Summary | Transcript


LDRC Annual Dinner 2002

Wednesday, November 13, 2002
In the Trenches: War Reporting and the First Amendment
Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker; John Kifner, The New York Times; Bob Simon, CBS News; and moderator Ted Koppel, ABC News “Nightline” Presentation of MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award to war correspondents (collectively).
Press Release | Transcript


LDRC Annual Dinner 2001

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
A Conversation with Benjamin C. Bradlee, The Washington Post; Don Hewitt, CBS News; Diane Sawyer, ABC News; and moderator Walter Isaacson, CNN
Press Release | Transcript


LDRC Annual Dinner 2000 (20th Anniversary)

Monday, November 13, 2000
20 Years: Law, Lawsuits, Lawyers – Their Legacy for News
Alex MacLeod, The Seattle Times; Brian Ross, ABC News; David Schneiderman, Village Voice Media; P. Cameron DeVore, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; Victor Kovner, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; and moderator Floyd Abrams, Esq., Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Press Release | Transcript


LDRC Annual Dinner 1999

Wednesday, November 10, 1999
Sullivan in the Year 2000: Will it – Should it – Survive?
Harold Evans, U.S. News & World Report, New York Daily News; Nina Totenberg, NPR; and Jeff Greenfield, CNN, Time Presentation of MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award to Floyd Abrams, Esq., Cahill Gordon & Reindel; Presented by Dan Abrams, NBC News
Transcript


LDRC Annual Dinner 1998

Wednesday, November 11, 1998
Keynote: Congressman John Lewis, D-Fifth District of Georgia
Terry Adamson, Esq., National Geographic, moderated panel with Karl Fleming, Prime Time Communications; Reuvan Frank, NBC News; Vernon Jarrett, Channel 7, WLS-TV; and Jack Nelson, Los Angeles Times
MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to civil rights journalists of the 1950's and 1960's (collectively)


LDRC Annual Dinner 1997

Wednesday, November 12, 1997
Tribute to Justice Brennan by Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Tribute to Fred Friendly by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
Hot News, Good Journalists and Hard Choices: A Fred Friendly Seminar
Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel; Joseph A. Califano, Jr., The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University; Lyle Denniston, The Baltimore Sun; Jerry Nachman, New York Post, WCBS-TV; Dan Rather, CBS News; E.R. Shipp, Columbia University, New York Daily News; John J. Walsh, Esq., Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; and moderator Professor Charles Nesson, Harvard Law School
MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to Fred Friendly by Robert J. Hawley, Esq., The Hearst Corporation


LDRC Annual Dinner 1996

Thursday, November 7, 1996
Keynote Address: David Halberstam, author (The Best and The Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning), journalist (The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine)
Transcript
Presentation of MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and Katherine Graham to Honor the 25th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers Decision


LDRC Annual Dinner 1995 (15th Anniversary)

Thursday, November 9, 1995
MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to Justice Harry A. Blackmun by Solomon B. Watson IV, Esq., The New York Times
Special Tribute by Justice Blackmun’s Daughters: Sally and Susan Blackmun
Introductory Remarks: P. Cameron DeVore, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine and Luther T. Munford, Esq., Phelps Dunbar


LDRC Annual Dinner 1994

MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award presented to Dr. Jan Moor-Jankowski


LDRC Annual Dinner 1993

No program


LDRC Annual Dinner 1992

A Tribute to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.: New York Times v. Sullivan and the Judicial Role in the Advancement of Free Expression and Peaceful Social Change
MLRC’s Defense of Freedom Award presented to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
Transcript


 
 
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