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Senior Legal Counsel, Fox Television Stations

Fox Television Stations is one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 29 stations in 18 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Seattle.

The Senior Legal Counsel position handles all corporate and commercial areas of legal work for Fox Television Stations’ owned and operated stations.  Draft variety of program and rights acquisition, real estate, operational, and talent agreements, as well as provide assistance with contractual negotiations. Review contests and other station promotions. Review news scripts and promotional announcements and advise station personnel as to legal considerations, such as libel, invasion of privacy, intellectual property, and FCC issues. Respond to news story claim letters.  Advise executives and newsroom personnel with respect to newsgathering issues and litigation risk. Other duties as deemed necessary and appropriate.

Bachelor’s degree and law degree (J.D.) as well as admission to state bar.  At least 5 years legal experience from a top-tier law firm or equivalent in-house experience.  Media law experience a plus. Must have strong legal knowledge and ability to provide advice in a timely manner.  Must be able to handle multiple tasks for businesses in various time zones, sometimes on severe deadlines.  Ability to work well with clients and others in a professional manner.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Position will be based in Atlanta, GA.

Click to apply.

Posted July 17, 2020


Legal Fellow, First Amendment Clinic at the University of Virginia Law School

The First Amendment Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law is hiring a legal fellow for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. The expected start date is August 15, 2020. This is a full-time position for a two-year term (though exceptional candidates who are only available for the 2020-2021 academic year will be considered).

About the Clinic: After a two-year hiatus, the Clinic relaunched in fall 2019 as a partnership between UVA Law and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and is one of the oldest programs of its kind among major U.S. law schools that works to promote free expression, free press, and the free flow of information and ideas in a democratic society.

The Clinic provides direct representation for journalists as well as amicus support in state and federal courts in First Amendment and media law cases. In the coming years, the Clinic will increase its direct representation of local journalists in public records, court access, and defamation cases.

The fellow will report to and work closely with Reporters Committee attorneys Gabe Rottman and Jennifer Nelson, who administer the Clinic. The position is ideal for an entrepreneurial attorney willing to help shape the growth of the Clinic's important work.

Responsibilities:

  • Help research and develop cases for the Clinic, including the development of relationships with the local journalism community to provide information about the legal resources offered by the Clinic;
  • Provide training for local journalists on open records laws, Virginia defamation law, and other media law and First Amendment topics;
  • Assist with day-to-day management of the Clinic's docket to ensure that all applicable deadlines are being met;
  • Provide supervision to the Clinic's ten students, including work product feedback and mentoring;
  • Participate in all aspects of state and federal litigation, including motion practice, brief writing, and hearing/oral argument preparation; and
  • Assist the clinical directors in developing the curriculum of the Clinic's seminar component (consisting of a weekly two-hour seminar). Topics include substantive discussion of First Amendment doctrine as well as effective client representation and case management. Opportunities exist for the fellow to lead class discussions on these topics.

The ideal candidate will have litigation experience, preferably in matters involving freedom of information, defamation, and court access, though demonstrated interest in media law may be shown in other ways (i.e., prior work as a journalist, extended course work on the subject, or prior clinical work).

Required Qualifications:

  • A J.D. and admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction (Commonwealth of Virginia, or eligibility to waive in, is strongly preferred), or awaiting bar exam results/admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction at the start of the fellowship term;
  • A strong academic record and impeccable legal research and writing skills;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • A demonstrated interest in First Amendment and/or media law.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years litigation experience;
  • General interest in academia—prior teaching experience is a plus;
  • Experience in docket management; and
  • Post-law school judicial clerkship, fellowship, or litigation experience with a law firm or public interest organization is strongly preferred, although recent law school graduates with exceptional credentials will be considered.

The position will be based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The fellow must be able to attend the weekly seminar at UVA Law, scheduled to take place on Friday afternoons at the law school in a socially-distanced classroom.

Please provide a resume, law school transcript, and cover letter explaining how your professional experience relates to the anticipated responsibilities for the position. Applications may be submitted to Samantha Espinosa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We will consider applications immediately, and on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We expect to close the process by July 31.

The salary for this position is $68,000 per year with fully paid health insurance, paid time off, 401k and other benefits.

Posted July 14, 2020


Associate Attorney, Shullman Fugate

Shullman Fugate has an immediate opening for an experienced, full-time, associate attorney.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to perform the duties listed below and have the necessary experience and qualifications.

  • 1-6 years’ experience
  • Litigation experience required
  • High level analytical/writing skills required
  • Spanish fluency a plus
  • Data privacy experience a plus
  • Content/media experience a plus
  • Big firm experience a plus
  • Complex litigation experience a plus
  • Journalism/communications background a plus
  • Intellectual property experience a plus
  • Hire will work remotely from home with virtual office access
  • Geo-limitless (candidate may be anywhere in FL). South Florida, Tampa or Jacksonville location a plus
  • Salary Range - commensurate with experience and qualifications

Shullman Fugate is a growing, busy law practice but maintains a small firm atmosphere. We welcome you to visit our website at www.shullmanfugate.com or check us out on twitter @shullgate to learn more about our firm and our attorneys.
 
Resume submissions should be emailed to our Firm Administrator, Katie Brown, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted June 24, 2020


Media Law Clerkship, NBCUniversal Law Department

The NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law graduate for a full-time, one-year clerkship with the department’s News Group. The Law Clerk will be responsible for legal research, responding to subpoenas, drafting public records requests and appealing their potential denials, assisting with review of issue advertisements, advising on state and local drone laws, and generally assisting in the functioning of the News Group, which works with NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, E! News the NBC and Telemundo owned television stations, and digital media groups on content issues, including pre-broadcast review, libel, newsgathering, copyright, First Amendment issues, and other aspects of media law. The clerkship will also involve assistance with legal production work. A demonstrated interest in media law is a plus, although not a requirement. Compensation for the position is $35 per hour for 40 hours a week. Position starts in or around September 2020.  Due to Covid-19, the clerkship will begin as a remote “work-from-home” position with the expectation to transition into working in the New York City office when it is safe and legally permitted to do so.
 
Please note this is a temporary position in which you would be employed by Yoh Managed Staffing, but assigned to NBCUniversal for the duration of your employment.
 
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit resume and cover letter, via email, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Resumes will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls or hard-copy applications, please.

Posted June 24, 2020


First Amendment Clinic Fellow, ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

The ASU College of Law, located in Phoenix, AZ, launched a First Amendment Clinic in 2018, thanks to a generous gift from the Stanton Foundation. The Clinic trains law students to promote and defend free speech interests, by taking both ordinary cases that will help students develop their skills and impact litigation that aims to extend First Amendment precedent in the courts. The Clinic takes on a wide array of cases and controversies, including defense against libel claims, access to courts, access to government documents, opposing prior restraints and subpoenas of journalists, and defending the civil rights of those who are censored by the government.

The First Amendment Clinic is now hiring a First Amendment Fellow. This is a year-to-year lecturer rank position, starting August 15, 2020, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The position is grant-funded. The purpose of the fellowship is to enable an experienced litigator to shift gears and develop a new expertise in First Amendment litigation.

Required Qualifications

  • A J.D. and an active Arizona bar membership,
  • At least three years litigation experience, and
  • Experience in docket management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in developing First Amendment litigation experience,
  • Ability to manage clinic students, and
  • Capacity to work in a collaborative law clinic.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a C.V., and at least three references. Please contact Ms. Lauren Balconi, Coordinator for Appointments Committee, with any questions: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The application deadline is May 15, 2020. 

Posted May 6, 2020


Junior Attorney, New York Times

The New York Times Company is currently seeking a junior attorney who has experience as a litigator in handling matters involving libel, copyright, and freedom of information. Because the department handles much of its litigation in-house, the position requires someone with the ability to do hands-on litigation work. The position also requires outstanding research and writing skills.

The legal department of The New York Times works throughout the entire organization and partners closely with teams on the widest range of legal and compliance matters.  This newly created position represents the opportunity to join a mission-critical legal team of approximately 13 attorneys and 10 legal staff members.

The position will report to the Deputy General Counsel.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Litigating in-house a portfolio of FOI cases, including the drafting of papers, arguing motions and appeals, and negotiating with opposing counsel.
  • Conducting research and assisting in developing position papers on strategic issues of concern to The Times’s business, advertising, marketing, and editorial operations.
  • Assisting in developing Company policies on matters of legal compliance.
  • Providing counsel to Times journalists on legal issues related to news gathering, access to information, libel, and privacy.
  • Providing hands-on assistance in the litigation of commercial disputes and copyright and libel cases as well as employment disputes.
  • Doing pre-publication review of articles, videos, and other content from The Times newsroom.
  • Handling responses to threats of libel suits or other litigation.
  • Working with the Company’s intellectual property lawyers on copyright and trademark issues. 
  • Conducting in-house training on media law topics.
  • Managing the Company’s response to business and newsroom subpoenas.
  • Working with the Company’s employment lawyers on threatened and active litigation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of experience at a law firm with a proven track record of handling matters involving libel, copyright, and freedom of information as well as commercial litigation.  Must be a member of the New York bar.  Prior in-house experience is a plus.
  • Must have the ability to handle independently all aspects of FOI litigation and other types of cases, from drafting papers and arguing motions to negotiating with other parties.
  • Must have knowledge of the law of defamation and news gathering and have outstanding legal research skills.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communications skills and the flexibility and ability to work on deadline with journalists.
  • Must have an understanding of digital platforms and the legal issues related to digital publishing and data-based reporting.
  • Must have good judgment, a high level of professional integrity, and a familiarity with pre-publication review of print, video, and photographic content.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted March 9, 2020


Counsel, NPR

NPR seeks an attorney with 3 to 8 years of transactional experience (with an emphasis on agreements related to technology and digital media) to support internal clients focused on digital distribution, operations, sponsorship, marketing, business development, data analysis, audience measurement, and creation of news and programming content.

The lawyer who joins our team will help NPR embrace business opportunities while managing risk and ensuring compliance with nonprofit corporate and tax laws. We are looking for a versatile lawyer with superb oral and written communications skills, a commitment to client service, solid business judgment, and intellectual curiosity.  An ability to manage multiple projects, set and adjust priorities, work under pressure, and maintain composure and a sense of humor while doing so are musts.

Duties include:

  •  Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial contracts, including complex agreements that often don’t have precedent.  Preference given to candidates who have experience with some or all of the following types of agreements: inbound and outbound technology licensing agreements, music licensing agreements, SaaS and other cloud services agreements, program acquisition and distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements, media-buy agreements, facilities and live event-related agreements, agreements governing the distribution of content via satellite or over digital platforms, agreements with research and data analytics service providers, and consulting and services agreements;
  • Preparing board meeting agendas and minutes, and other materials related to corporate governance

Depending on the experience of the successful candidate, responsibilities also may include:

  • Advising legal and business colleagues on trademark law and portfolio management, copyright law, rights clearance and fair use, traditional and digital media law, product development, web accessibility, communications law, privacy and data security law, nonprofit tax law, corporate governance, charitable fundraising, marketing and agency representation, sponsorship sales, sweepstakes and promotions law, and IT and telecom services;
  • Assisting with regulatory compliance and advocacy efforts relating to legislative and regulatory developments, including analyzing proposed legislation and regulations, preparing internal memoranda, and drafting agency comments

Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Bar membership in good standing in the District of Columbia, or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar
  • Experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts is required
  • Experience advising internal product teams on business and legal issues at early stages of product development is preferred
  • Familiarity with copyright law is highly desirable
  • Experience representing tax-exempt organizations is a plus

To be considered for the position, you must provide a resume and a cover letter that explains how your professional experience relates to the qualifications and anticipated responsibilities for the position. We will consider applications on a rolling basis beginning on February 17, 2020. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted February 11, 2020


Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs, New York Times

As The New York Times pursues new opportunities for developing, licensing and distributing content, we are seeking an experienced transactional lawyer to assist our business team in creating business opportunities and negotiating strategic agreements. The role reports to our General Counsel and provides advice and counsel to business leaders and matrixed teams throughout the organization. This senior leader will also manage a team that supports our business operations and will oversee related compliance activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Advise, structure and negotiate complex and multi-faceted transactions with a variety of counterparties, including major digital and distribution players.
  • Manage a team of lawyers who provide legal support for our business operations, including marketing, advertising, product, technology, audio, strategic sourcing, real estate and other areas.
  • Provide legal and business counsel, in coordination with the team, for the development, production, licensing, rights acquisition, distribution and marketing arrangements of The Times’s intellectual property assets, including formulating legal strategy, structuring transactions, negotiating terms and drafting or reviewing related agreements.
  • In coordination with the team, oversee the management of compliance activities for our business operations, including policy development, risk assessment and training.
  • Provide legal advice to support business operations on a wide variety of contract, intellectual property, corporate, antitrust and privacy issues.
  • Advise on important policy and regulatory issues affecting business strategies; participate in discussions on such matters with trade associations and other bodies.
  • Stay informed about legal decisions, statutory changes and market and industry trends, and, in coordination with the team, advise clients and recommend action when necessary.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate and J.D. degrees from recognized institutions and a member in good standing of the New York bar.
  • At least 12 years’ relevant work experience that includes the handling of a broad range of intellectual property, licensing and commercial transactions, with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Additional Requirements:
  • Experience negotiating both legal and business terms in complex transactions. Preference given to business affairs experience in the media or entertainment fields.
  • Familiarity with privacy and data protection laws.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Ability to contribute to discussions of general business issues; to work well with a wide range of clients, from senior corporate management to operating personnel; and to work independently as well as to lead a project from conception to completion.
  • Ability to analyze complex legal and regulatory material, communicate their implications in clear and simple language, and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to balance competing demands under time pressure.
  • General understanding of best practices for legal operations, including contract management

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted February 11, 2020


First Amendment Clinic Fellow, Southern Methodist University

The Fellow will report to and collaborate with the Director of the First Amendment Clinic at SMU Dedman School of Law, Tom Leatherbury, to support the management and activities of our newest clinical initiative.

This is a full-time position for a two-year term, and is benefits eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible based on performance and funding availability. Expected start date is June 1, 2020.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide supervision to students in the Clinic, including feedback, mentoring, and training.
  • Manage ongoing cases, ensuring that the work is done in a timely and professional manner.
  • Assist with the development of curriculum and teaching of the Clinic’s classroom component, focusing on substantive knowledge of First Amendment doctrine and the litigation process, as well as effective legal writing, advocacy, and client relations skills.
  • Work with the Director to develop the focus of cases the Clinic will work on, such as libel and privacy defense, protection of sources and the newsgathering process, other significant First Amendment issues amenable to amicus efforts, and access to courtrooms and government meetings and information.
  • Collaborate with the Director on programming to bring free speech issues to the broader Law School and University communities.
  • Support the research and writing of policy papers, as well as shorter articles, columns, and op-eds, with the goal of influencing the public debate on free speech matters.
  • Develop and maintain relationships within the legal and journalism community, including regional (DFW and Texas) news platforms and journalists, law firms and advocacy organizations that focus on free speech and related fields, and First Amendment clinics at other law schools.
  • Assist in managing the financial resources for the program, including monitoring financial activities and transactions.

Qualifications
 
Education and Experience:

  • J.D. is required.
  • One year of practice experience and a background in constitutional law or freedom of information laws is required.
  • Additional work experience or a judicial clerkship or clerkships are desirable, but not required.
  • The Fellow must be a member of the Texas Bar, or eligible to waive in to the Texas Bar.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The successful candidate should demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in writing. The successful candidate should also demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the law school and university as well as with external partners. In addition, the Fellow should possess strong time management, organizational, and planning skills

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted February 10, 2020


Product Counsel, Reddit

"The front page of the internet," Reddit brings over 430 million people together each month through their common interests, inviting them to share, vote, comment, and create across thousands of communities. Come for the cats, stay for the empathy.

As Product Counsel, you’ll get to work with a variety of teams including the product and engineering teams that are focused on growth, monetization and new products. You must have excellent judgment in balancing legal risks with business strategy and a proven ability to learn new areas of law and function independently in a demanding fast-paced environment. You will use your drive and experience to make a big impact on Reddit’s business. If you’re passionate about the law and business and love a challenging, team-focused, fast-moving environment, then this is the place for you.

Responsibilities:

  • Advise multiple stakeholders across product, engineering, and business development throughout the product development cycle (from the initial stages of product development, through launch, to market strategy) on a broad range of best practices and compliance issues regarding reddit.com and its apps.
  • Understand and stay up to date on U.S. and international laws and regulations related to platforms and ability to explain complex legal issues in basic terms for the company.
  • Provide pragmatic day to day and strategic advice to minimize legal risks while advancing business goals and initiatives.
  • Ability to draft clear and concise public facing disclosures, disclaimers, terms of use or other public facing documents for our customers.
  • Manage internal projects, training, processes, and drive cross-functional efforts to successful completion.

Requirements:

  • 4+ years relevant experience; JD from top law school; admitted to the Bar
  • Enthusiasm and passion for technology, law, and business
  • Comfortable handling chaos and ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience counseling product development and working closely with designers, engineers, and product management
  • Expertise in two or more of the following areas: intellectual property, privacy, content regulation, consumer protection, or financial regulatory frameworks
  • Eagerness and drive to continue learning
  • Sense of humor

What You Can Expect From Us:

  • Competitive Healthcare Benefits Package
  • Quarterly Dependent Care or Pet Care Stipend
  • Family Expansion Benefits
  • 4 Months Parental Leave with Flexible Return-To-Work Programming
  • Professional & Personal Development Stipends
  • Unlimited Vacation, Annual Travel Stipend, and 10 Paid Holidays
  • Onsite Wellness Classes and Wellness Stipend
  • 401k Plan with Employer Contributions
  • Monthly Commuter Stipend
  • Monthly Cell Phone Allowance
  • Paid Volunteer Days, plus Reddit For Good Volunteer Opportunities
  • Catered Meals & Snacks
  • The opportunity to bring goodness into the world, one subreddit at a time

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted February 6, 2020


Clinic Director, The First Amendment Clinic at Duke Law

Duke University School of Law seeks a Director to lead the Law School’s First Amendment Clinic.  The Clinic was launched in 2018 and already has established a presence in the region and nation.  We are looking for a dynamic and proven lawyer and advocate with serious interest or experience in teaching and mentoring law students and young lawyers.  The new Director will work with the Clinic’s Supervising Attorney to build on the Clinic’s existing work with the goal of being among the nation’s leading legal clinics devoted to the First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and petition.

Like Duke’s other legal clinics, the First Amendment Clinic at Duke Law has both a public and a pedagogical purpose.  The First Amendment Clinic’s public purpose is primarily to provide legal advice and representation for persons who could not afford to pay for the kind and quality of legal work that the Clinic provides. The Clinic focuses primarily on serving individuals in the Southeast, and on directly representing them as clients or providing them with legal advice, rather than on filing amicus briefs in high-profile national cases. To date, the issues the Clinic has addressed on behalf of clients have included defamation, invasion of privacy, the validity of a judicial gag order, the appropriate means of publicly discussing an experience of sexual assault, and the lawfulness of restraints on free expression imposed by a major sports franchise. 

The First Amendment Clinic’s pedagogical purpose is to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students with a special interest in freedom of expression. Duke’s robust clinical program reflects the Law School’s strong commitment to providing Duke Law students with a broad range of learning opportunities, and the Law faculty’s recognition that engaging in the actual practice of law can be an extremely valuable component of a student’s overall experience. In the First Amendment Clinic, the experiential learning focuses substantially on the direct representation of parties in litigation and pre-litigation. Students have engaged in drafting complaints, pre-trial discovery (including taking and defending depositions), writing briefs, and arguing motions, all under the supervision of the Clinic Director and other faculty.  In addition to providing direct legal services, the Clinic serves its public and pedagogical goals through public events to educate the bar and the public about the importance of the First Amendment and the central role that freedom of expression plays in our political system. Our hope is that the students who participate in the creation of these public events will develop a lifelong professional dedication to advancing First Amendment interests. 

Although the new Director of the First Amendment Clinic will be ultimately responsible for all Clinic activities, the Director will have the assistance of a highly skilled Supervising Attorney, who is actively involved in the selection and handling of the Clinic’s cases, teaching the Clinic’s seminar, and planning for the Clinic’s development over time.  The First Amendment Clinic is also supported by an excellent Program Coordinator, who handles a wide range of administrative and paralegal tasks.  In addition to supervising students and teaching in the Clinic seminar, the Director will have the opportunity to pursue other interests, such as non-clinical teaching in Duke Law’s curriculum or related research and writing.
   
In addition to a strong record of or demonstrated potential for litigation and clinical teaching, the ideal candidate will offer:

  1. Broad-based substantive legal experience in issues involving the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of thought and expression;
  2. A deep commitment to access to justice that is consistent with the ethos of the Duke Law clinics, as well as creativity to deploy various legal skills toward this end;
  3. Excellent teaching and mentoring skills; 
  4. The ability and willingness to build connections locally, regionally, and nationally to engage in activities that strengthen and protect First Amendment rights; and
  5. A demonstrated record of effective collaboration with, and mentorship of, colleagues.

The position of Director of the First Amendment Clinic at Duke Law is open for the 2020-21 academic year and beyond. Membership in the North Carolina Bar, or eligibility for admission and a willingness to become a member, is necessary.

For additional details on the position and Duke’s hiring process, please see the full position posting at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15964.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé via email to Rachel Greeson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please submit your materials as soon as possible; the initial review of applications will begin March 2, 2020.

Please share this announcement with those who might be interested. Questions about the position may be addressed to Andrew Foster, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinics, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 919-613-7076.

Posted February 6, 2020


Media, Advertising and IP Lawyer, Prince Lobel

Boston law firm with a national media and First Amendment law practice seeks a transactional lawyer with at least three to five years’ experience to handle licensing, advertising, and promotional agreements for print and online media clients.

Required: Consummate contract drafting skills; experience with trademark registration and prosecution; substantial familiarity with FTC endorsement and native advertising rules; thorough knowledge of sweepstakes and promotions. Ideal candidate will also be experienced in advertising compliance review.  Familiarity with copyright and fair use, especially as applied to music, video, and social media, is a plus. 

Job involves substantial direct client contact, day and night. Our busy media practice is close-knit, collaborative, and deadline-driven; we’re looking for a team player who will share our belief that this is the most interesting practice in the legal universe.

Send cover letter, resume, and unedited work sample to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We’re an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and collegiality.

Posted January 29, 2020


Attorney, Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is looking for a knowledgeable, proactive, business-minded and self-motivated attorney to join its legal team in New York. This position will interface directly with Penguin Random House’s publishing and business teams, counseling clients on various legal and commercial risks related to media, intellectual property and general business issues. The ideal candidate will assist the Legal team’s efforts to partner strategically with the company’s publishing and business units, acting as a general business and legal advisor and consulting resource to help facilitate the client’s publishing and business objectives. 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct pre-publication review of non-fiction and fiction books and associated promotional materials
  • Counsel clients on intellectual property matters including copyright and trademark, and media-related matters including defamation, privacy, access and other First Amendment issues
  • Identify and analyze legal issues, help determine business terms and structure transaction, and provide advice to colleagues that balance business objectives and legal risks
  • Work on a variety of media related matters, including claims handling and litigation support
  • Assist in and ultimately work independently on the review, drafting and negotiation of a variety of contracts including licensing agreements, consulting agreements, vendor agreements, and technology agreements, as needed
  • Provide strategic, legal and business advice and counsel on tight timelines to business units and senior management on wide array of legal and business issues, including business risks, contract interpretation, and other issues
  • Assist in compliance efforts including providing training and presentations to business units as necessary
  • Support the Legal team in addressing new or special projects that arise with the evolving needs of the business

Requirements

  • J.D. from a top A.B.A. accredited law school. Admitted and member in good standing with at least one U.S. State Bar
  • 4-8 years of relevant in-house law department and/or law firm experience (in-house experience a plus)
  • Exceptional writing, drafting and communication skills
  • Highly analytical with exceptional business and legal issue identification, creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Practical, business-oriented and creative problem solver who is able to deliver clear, strategic advice to clients in a timely manner
  • Ability to operate autonomously while being a team player who brings a positive, “can do” attitude to the workplace and works collaboratively with other members of the Legal team and with clients
  • Results-oriented with excellent time management and work prioritization skills
  • Familiarity with digital technologies and related legal issues including intellectual property, data privacy and business models a plus
  • Must be flexible with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Detail-oriented, organized, efficient and resourceful with strong follow-through skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & the ability to work effectively with employees at all levels and establish strong client relationships

To apply, click here.

Posted January 23, 2020


Local Legal Initiative - Colorado Attorney,  Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 

The Reporters Committee seeks a Colorado-based attorney with at least three years of litigation experience as part of the LLI. Supported by a generous investment from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, this newly created two-year position will provide on-the-ground litigation and other legal support to journalists and news organizations across Colorado. Office space will be provided in Denver. Some travel within the state will be required.

LLI attorneys at the Reporters Committee will participate in all aspects of our First Amendment and media law work. They will represent news organizations and individual journalists in impact and defense litigation involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other newsgathering and First Amendment matters to foster enterprise and investigative reporting in Colorado. They will also facilitate public records and other media law trainings for journalists, and work with stakeholders across Colorado to increase visibility of the LLI and ensure the program is making a measurable impact on the ability of journalists to do investigative and enterprise journalism in the state.

This full-time position reports to the Legal Director and will last two years, with the potential for an extension. The LLI attorney will be the only Reporters Committee staff member in Colorado but will be a fully integrated part of RCFP's legal staff.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Litigating impact cases involving access to court records/proceedings and issues arising under freedom of information laws, including the drafting of pleadings, motions and briefs and arguing motions;
  • Handling administrative appeals under freedom of information laws and similar pre-litigation matters under applicable laws;
  • Managing relationships with partners across Colorado;
  • Conducting educational trainings for journalists and news organizations on media law topics.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 3+ years of litigation experience with a law firm, nonprofit organization, or legal department of a news media company; admitted to practice in Colorado;
  • Collaborative self-starter who is enthusiastic to help RCFP launch the LLI in Colorado and ensure its success;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Good judgment and the highest level of professional integrity;
  • Prior experience handling matters involving Public Records Law requests, access to judicial records/proceedings, and subpoena/libel/defamation is preferred.

Assignment, supervision, and professional development:

  • The LLI attorney will work as part of the legal team and will be supervised by the Legal Director.
  • The LLI attorney will benefit from professional development and continuing education opportunities.

Salary will be based on location and experience. Our generous benefit package should also be considered. For all regular full-time positions, the Reporters Committee offers:

  • A competitive base salary with 2 weeks paid time off, plus Federal Holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • A retirement savings plan, including a 5% employer match from date of hire.
  • Comprehensive employer paid insurance coverage, including medical, dental, and vision, life and accidental death, and disability.
  • Ability to use pre-tax dollars for dependent care and commuting expenses.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample to Reporters Committee's Legal Director, Katie Townsend, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Email subject line should state: Candidate for Colorado LLI Attorney. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.

Posted January 22, 2020


Commercial Legal Counsel, Reuters

Thomson Reuters is hiring a commercial counsel to support Reuters’ global news business.  Reuters is the world’s leading international news agency, reaching more than one billion people every day. We deliver real-time, award-winning news coverage to the financial community, news and media publishers, brands, and consumers.  Reuters covers a broad range of topics, including business, finance, politics, sports and technology.  As one of the most trusted news organizations in the world, the hallmarks of Reuters journalism are speed, impartiality and insight.

Primary responsibilities are to negotiate and draft a wide range of transactional agreements and inform commercial policy.

The role is based in New York and reports to the Associate General Counsel, Reuters, who is also based in New York.

Major Responsibilities/Accountabilities

  • Provide timely, practical and business-minded commercial legal support to Reuters on a global scale.
  • Draft commercial agreements, which include: contracts to license news and editorial content; custom content agreements; advertising and other deals for Reuters’ consumer properties; and marketing, partnership and distribution agreements.
  • Collaborate with commercial policy.
  • Advise on contractual rights and obligations and identify and mitigate legal and commercial risks.
  • Partner with Reuters and Thomson Reuters lawyers around the world.
  • Direct and manage external counsel.
  • Safeguard the Trust Principles, which uphold Reuters’ integrity, independence and freedom from bias.

Mandatory Skills & Experience

Commitment to Reuters’ core values of independence, integrity and freedom from bias, and the publication of global news in the public interest.

Bright and enthusiastic individual with a passion for news and strong commercial acumen.

Minimum of 3 years’ post-qualification experience negotiating and drafting licensing and other commercial agreements, with experience counseling on media and cross-border deals preferred.

Ability to counsel clients across diverse geographies and cultures and to work collaboratively as part of a global team.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

High level of integrity and professionalism.

Strong work ethic with ability to take initiative and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Member in good standing of the New York Bar, stellar academic credentials and experience working in a top-tier law firm.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted January 17, 2020


Attorney, Microsoft

The Open Innovation team in the Intellectual Property Group in Microsoft’s Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA) division has a rare and immediate opening for an experienced technology attorney to help counsel and shape Microsoft’s products and services, as well as its strategy and engagement on a wide variety of cutting-edge IP policy issues, with a focus on IP-related issues related to data and artificial intelligence both in the United States and throughout the world.

Responsibilities

  • Counseling Microsoft’s diverse business groups on IP issues related to data and artificial intelligence such as copyright, trade secret, CFAA and others that impact its products and services, and creating scalable and practical solutions to help Microsoft achieve its business and legal objectives
  • Leveraging expertise and knowledge on data-related IP issues to provide internal and external thought leadership on issues of strategic importance to Microsoft, based on a thorough understanding on the competitive, policy and legal landscape in the software, Internet and technology industries
  • Engaging with policymakers, academics, commentators, and other influential voices on data-related intellectual property issues in a productive manner that improves the IP systems to the benefit of Microsoft and its customers, the technology industry, and the public
  • Working closely with CELA colleagues in government affairs, litigation, business counseling, worldwide sales and other groups to develop effective engagement on IP Policy issues of strategic importance to the company, including amicus briefs in leading cases, pending legislation, regulatory proceedings, industry coalitions and special projects

The mix and balance among these responsibilities is anticipated to shift over time

Qualifications

  • A J.D. or equivalent international law degree and excellent academic credentials
  • An active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in Washington State
  • A minimum of 5 years as a practicing attorney, with experience in intellectual property law relevant to data and AI such as copyright, trade secret, intermediary liability, and CFAA issues impacting products and online services, developing IP policy and strategy, and reviewing legislation and strategic litigation
  • Significant in-house experience is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective and pragmatic counseling techniques to provide actionable advice to clients
  • Experience appearing before external audiences in data, AI, copyright or intellectual property areas relevant to Microsoft and the technology industry
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across groups with a sense of urgency, including the ability to influence without formal authority
  • A keen business sense, the skills to find creative solutions to legal issues, and the ability to effectively balance legal risks against business interests
  • Outstanding organizational and analytical skills
  • Innate bias for action and driving client-focused results
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and prioritize key deliverables
  • Ability to work efficiently and balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team, and possessing the ability to lead, manage and motivate others
  • Desire and ability to interact effectively with a variety of personalities across diverse internal groups, teams, divisions, and cultures

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted January 17, 2020


Legal Fellow - Transparency in Government, NPR

NPR seeks an outstanding recent law school graduate with an interest in First Amendment and media law to serve as its first Transparency in Government Legal Fellow.  Under the guidance of NPR staff lawyers, the Transparency in Government Legal Fellow will work journalists at NPR to obtain access to public records that shed light on the operations of government.

The Legal Fellow will help reporters craft requests for records under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state public records laws, appeal inappropriate denials, request access to court records, and work with NPR staff lawyers and outside counsel in litigating FOIA, state public records act, and court-access cases.  Time permitting, the Legal Fellow may also assist NPR staff lawyers on other media law matters, such as pre-publication review, counseling reporters on newsgathering, copyright, and First Amendment issues, defending content-related suits, and negotiating content-related agreements.

This is a full-time, 2-year fellowship that will begin in August or early September of 2020. The Legal Fellow will be paid $75,000 per year, plus benefits, including paid vacation.

Essential Duties

  • Work with NPR journalists to request access to records under the federal Freedom of Information Act and state public records laws;
  • Work with NPR staff attorneys and outside counsel to prepare appeals from inappropriate denials of such requests;
  • Track federal FOIA and state public records requests and appeals across the NPR newsroom and the newsrooms of NPR Member stations engaged with NPR in collaborative reporting projects;
  • Work with NPR staff attorneys and outside counsel to pursue FOIA, state public records act, and court-access litigation, and, time permitting, to defend content-related lawsuits against NPR and NPR journalists;
  • Conduct legal research and advise NPR legal colleagues and reporters on FOIA, state public records act, court-access, and other media law issues;
  • Prepare memoranda, presentations, and other materials for internal and external audiences; and
  • Prepare training materials and work with staff lawyers and newsroom leaders to train journalists in effective use of FOIA and state public records laws.

Qualifications

  •  Outstanding academic credentials, including a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school earned by June 2020
  • Bar membership in good standing in the District of Columbia, or eligibility to waive into the DC bar, by January 2021

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, the federal Freedom of Information Act, state public records laws, court-access law, and media law, generally;
  • Superb oral and written communications skills, high ethical and professional standards, a commitment to journalism, and good  judgment;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects, to set and adjust priorities, and to work under pressure.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. To be considered, your application must include a resume and a cover letter. We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning on January 15th. The listing will remain active until the position has been filled.

For more information, click here.

Posted January 3, 2020


Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education is looking for an attorney with five to seven years' experience to lead in the management of our corporate contracts, intellectual property matters, and general business affairs. In this position, you will be the Company's sole in-house attorney and, along with your supporting staff, will provide oversight, direction and support in structuring, negotiating and advising on a wide variety of legal and business matters. You will be a trusted business partner within the Company, regularly working across internal corporate functions, Publication, Sales and Marketing, Technology, Distribution and Finance, to strengthen our commitment to collaborative and solution-oriented approaches. You will have potential to be on the highest level of the Company's management team.

Headquartered in New Rochelle, New York, Benchmark Education is a leading educational publishing company that produces award-winning core and supplemental texts and teaching materials -- print and technology-based -- to help children of all ages and abilities achieve literacy for life. Our Company is high-energy, fast-paced, productive, and team-oriented, with significant opportunity for learning and career growth.

Your work will cover an extensive range of matters, including, but not limited to:

  • Overseeing and managing a wide variety of complex commercial contracts with customers and vendors, including master services agreements, data privacy, professional services, technology, content licensing, production and distribution, employment/independent contractor and other traditional and new media agreements to support our domestic and international business operations.
  • Partnering with business owners and managers to identify and manage legal issues, assist in negotiation and resolution of business matters, and ensure compliance with contract terms and conditions.
  • Working as the principal point of contact with external counsel.
  • Developing and maintaining the Company's databases of contracts, third-party rights and permissions, and communicating contract alerts, operating practices and performance standards with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Providing early and ongoing review of requests for proposals and bids, specifically as it relates to contractual requirements, federal, state and local guidelines, and required compliance documentation.
  • Maintaining active trademarks and copyrights and serving as the primary contact in securing, registering and renewing trademarks and copyrights for the Company.
  • Maintaining and updating Company contract forms and templates, and developing and improving workflows that facilitate efficient contract submission, review and approval processes.

Job Requirements:

  • JD degree and member of at least one US State Bar, preferably New York.
  • 5+ years in the practice of law, including a broad range of experience in reviewing, drafting, negotiating and implementing commercial contracts.
  • Experience with media licensing and intellectual property matters.
  • Strong project management skills, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Detail-oriented. Strong issue-spotting skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, and ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Must work from Company headquarters in New Rochelle, NY. Minimal travel required.

Benchmark Education offers competitive compensation; a collegial work environment; and comprehensive benefits for permanent full-time employees. We offer Medical, Dental and Vision benefit coverage as well as a 401K Plan.

Benchmark Education Company values diversity and the first amendment and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, submit resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted December 3, 2019


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The Litigation Group of the NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law school graduate for a full-time one-year clerkship in New York beginning in August. The group represents and advises NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital businesses. We have a wide-ranging case load that includes First Amendment and other media issues, intellectual property, cybersecurity, employment and general commercial matters. We handle much of our litigation in-house and operate much like a small, busy law firm that happens to work on some of the most interesting legal issues in media. Our clerk can expect brief-writing, legal research, fact-gathering, and helping to prepare for court hearings, arbitrations and depositions. As the year goes on, our clerk may take broader responsibility in smaller matters, under the supervision of the experienced litigators in the group. We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, an excellent academic record, significant legal research experience, and demonstrated interest in litigation and the media industry. Journal or moot court experience is a plus. The position is located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
 
Compensation is $27/hour for 40 hours per week.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit résumé and cover letter by June 10, 2016, by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We expect to begin interviewing candidates in mid-June and to extend an offer by early July. No telephone calls or hard-copy applications, please.
 
 
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