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Media Law Clerkship, NBCUniversal, New York

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 and drafting, subpoena response, 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 the NBC News division, MSNBC, CNBC, the owned television stations (including the Telemundo stations), digital media groups on content issues, including pre-broadcast review, libel, newsgathering, copyright, First Amendment issues, public records requests and other aspects of media law. The clerkship will also involve substantial assistance with legal production work. A demonstrated interest in media law and Spanish fluency is a plus, although not a requirement. Compensation for the position is $27/hour for 40 hours a week. Position starts in or around August 2017.

How to apply: Please send resume and cover letter before June 9, 2017, via email, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Resumes will be considered as they are received. No phone calls or hard copy submissions please.

Posted May 19, 2017


Staff Attorney, Information Society Project at Yale Law School

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is now accepting applications for a staff attorney position with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA). The staff attorney will have primary responsibility for developing and pursuing targeted strategies to achieve greater transparency and accountability within the U.S. Executive Branch. The ideal candidate will have at least four years of significant litigation experience and an interest in working with law students and teaching litigation skills.

This position is based in New Haven, CT and carries a competitive salary commensurate with experience and Yale University benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About the Staff Attorney Position

The Clinic seeks a candidate with a minimum of four years of litigation experience. We anticipate that the staff attorney will primarily be engaged working with journalists and other Clinic clients seeking to promote executive branch accountability, with a specific focus on exposing the financial interests and potential conflicts of interest of federal officials. The staff attorney will litigate cutting edge transparency issues, develop expertise in access and First Amendment litigation, and participate in the intellectual life of the Information Society Project. The duties of the staff attorney will include:

  • Identifying and developing projects designed to increase transparency around the financial dealings of federal government officials and the potential for ethical conflict they create;
  • Assuming overall responsibility for active cases on the MFIA Clinic's government accountability docket and supervising Yale law students working on those cases;
  • Assisting MFIA Fellows in supervising summer interns and covering Clinic cases during semester breaks;
  • Participating in the Clinic's weekly classes and providing litigation skills instruction to MFIA students; and
  • Assisting with the Clinic's public education efforts relating to the ethics of government officials, public corruption, and self-dealing. This might include presenting on these topics at workshops, conferences, and public talks.

Applications

Applications should be sent in electronic form to Heather Branch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Please indicate clearly that the application is for the MFIA Staff Attorney position. Application materials should include:

  • A statement describing the applicant's interest in the position, relevant practice experience, and career goals;
  • A copy of the applicant's resume and law school transcript;
  • Contact information for three references; and
  • At least one sample of recent legal writing, preferably a brief or memorandum.

Posted May 12, 2017


Associate Director for Freedom of the Press, Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund’s Public Square program focuses on sustaining a vibrant media and engaged citizens. We believe the American people must have effective ways to understand and be a part of the democratic process. As the internet transforms political life, it opens exciting new pathways for public engagement while challenging models that used to work. We seek to support media models that serve the needs and preferences of communities today as well as taking on challenges related to sustainability and press freedom.

Earlier this year, the Democracy Fund announced more than $10 million in commitments in support of press freedom and hard-hitting, nonprofit journalism. We are now seeking an Associate Director for Press Freedom to create and lead a new initiative around ensuring the future of a free and functioning press that holds government accountable.

The Associate Director, who will report to the Director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square program, will be expected to quickly engage with the field to ensure that it is able to stand up for the rights of journalists to fulfill their rightful role in our democracy at this important moment in our nation’s history. This will include working to build a larger, more effective coalition of advocates and ensure that key leaders in the field have the resources they need to be effective. In parallel, the Associate Director will work with the Public Square team to develop and execute a long-term strategy to strengthen press freedom in the United States. The strategy development process will consider the broadest range of possibilities and the strategy itself is expected to include both grant making and deep engagement within the field. Candidates must be comfortable working in a small, highly collaborative team within a fast-paced, start-up environment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Advocacy, Engagement, and Grant Making

  • Work with the field of press freedom advocates to respond to critical threats and opportunities and ensure that the field has adequate resources to be effective.
  • Enlist new supporters to the field of press freedom to expand the press freedom coalition of support, including providing new funders with an easy path into the space.
  • Support existing and new grantees to help them to be as effective as possible. Promote collaboration and communication between grantees.
  • Identify, shape, and prepare for consideration of potential grants related to press freedom.
  • Monitor, engage and capture learnings from grantees as they execute their grants.

Press Freedom Strategy Development

  •  Lead a strategy development process to develop a multi-year strategy for Democracy Fund to address threats to press freedom and build public support for the news media.
  • Contribute insight to the strategy setting process based on knowledge of the field.
  • Engage with key stakeholders within the organization and across the field of press freedom and those concerned with freedom of expression.

​Experimentation, Learning, and Thought Leadership

  •  Work with the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team to develop a sound approach to our Press Freedom Initiative in which the Democracy Fund can iteratively experiment, learn, and refine its approach.
  • Play a leadership role in the development and maintenance of short- and long-term indicators to measure the organization’s progress against its goals, and share progress with key internal and external audiences.
  • Monitor trends, research, and new publications to inform our strategy and update our understanding of potential threats to domestic press freedom.
  • Disseminate learnings and cultivate field building through writing, public speaking, convening, and relationship building.

Team Member

  •  Collaborate with the larger Public Square team to support activities aimed at combatting misinformation, increasing trust in journalism, and strengthening local journalism.
  • Actively work to support the success of other members of the entire Democracy Fund team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive.
  • Work closely with colleagues in Democracy Fund on complementary approaches.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree required, higher level degree strongly preferred
  • More than 7 years of experience in the press freedom field or closely related area
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and rigorous attention to detail required
  • Professional maturity, high sense of personal responsibility and integrity, proven ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and highly developed emotional intelligence
  • Successful in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Willingness to work across the political spectrum with leaders, advocates, and media
  • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a changing and fast paced environment
  • Collaborative, thoughtful, and trustworthy by nature—especially when approaching work and planning
  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy

Position is based in the Washington, D.C. area

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position and the organization and resume here.

Posted May 2, 2017


Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Daily News, L.P. and U.S. News & World Report, L.P.

Overview:

 The Vice President and Assistant General Counsel is a generalist media law position with an emphasis on contractual matters.  The Vice President and Assistant General Counsel will work closely with in-house business departments of both companies on business and strategic issues. The Vice President and Assistant General Counsel will be a member of a five-attorney legal team and report to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, New York Daily News/U.S. News & World Report. 

The attorney will work independently but collaboratively as part of a collegial and fast-paced legal department that provides services to the Daily News and U.S. News & World Report.  This position is based in New York City.

Company Description:

With 6.4 million readers in New York, and 37 million national unique visitors online each month, the New York Daily News is the most widely read tabloid in the city and one of America’s fastest-growing web sites. Covering breaking news, politics, sports, entertainment, celebrity, lifestyle, opinion, business and health, the New York Daily News delivers up-to-the-minute reporting, rich photography and compelling video to readers of its print newspaper, industry-leading website, tablet apps, and iPhone, Blackberry and Android editions. The New York Daily News has won 10 Pulitzer Prize Awards for excellence in journalism. In 2013, it was awarded four New York State Associated Press Association awards and took the Associated Press Sports Editors awards’ “Triple Crown” as well as first place in the Investigative category across all circulation categories. In addition to its news operations, the New York Daily News runs Daily News Digital Solutions and the Innovation Lab.

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Real Estate, Cars and News & Opinion, www.usnews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit www.usnews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The in-house legal department of the Daily News and U.S. News is comprised of attorneys specializing in contracts, corporate law, first amendment, intellectual property, employment, labor, and litigation issues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Advise in-house business departments on various legal issues and risks and company policies and procedures.
  • Draft, negotiate, and review a variety of agreements, including in the areas of licensing, technology, advertising, purchasing, software, and services.
  • Advise on copyright and trademark matters.
  • Provide support for pre-publication vetting when primary vetting attorney is unavailable.
  • Counsel business departments in a variety of areas, including
    • Privacy
    • E-mail marketing
    • Sweepstakes and promotions

Qualifications & Skills:                                          

  • The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of legal experience gained through a combination of top tier law firm and in-house or government settings primarily focused on corporate matters.
  • Expertise handling contract matters is required.
  • JD from top law school, with strong academic credentials.
  • Admission to New York bar.

Interpersonal Competencies & Success Factors:

  • Mature judgment and gravitas with the ability to build relationships and engender confidence across the entire organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in business terms to a wide range of audiences and comfortable with public speaking and presentations.
  • Ability to interact effectively with management and employees at all levels within the organization.
  • A strategic business partner and trusted advisor who is decisive and brings a practical, commercial focus to the dispensation of legal advice.
  • Clear and concise communicator who operates with a high degree of integrity and a commitment to professionalism and collegiality.
  • Collaborative and consultative team player who possesses an ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Highly-organized planner with strong analytical skills and the capacity to work simultaneously on a broad variety of legal matters.
  • Organizational skills and ability to balance numerous projects under pressure.
  • Capable of quick turnaround on contracts and other legal work.
  • Superior written communication skills.
  • Self-starter who exudes a “roll-up-the-shirt-sleeves” attitude.
  • Willingness to take on projects in areas outside areas of primary expertise including, for example, occasional litigation projects.

Please submit your cover letter & resume by clicking here.

Posted April 28, 2017


Attorney, NPR

NPR is seeking an attorney with 3 to 7 years of experience providing legal advice on some or all of the following: reviewing, negotiating, and drafting transactional agreements, including content licensing, live event, technology, program acquisition and distribution agreements, and other commercial contracts; regulatory compliance and advocacy; copyright and trademark counseling; corporate governance; nonprofit tax; and legislation.

Essential Duties Include:

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

  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts, including inbound and outbound content licensing agreements, technology acquisition and service provider agreements, agreements governing the distribution of content via satellite or over the Internet, events and facilities agreements, employment and personal services agreements, sponsorship agreements, and the like
  • Conducting legal research and advising legal and business colleagues on a broad range of subjects including trademark law and portfolio management, copyright law, communications law, privacy and data security law, nonprofit tax law, marketing and agency representation, sweepstakes and promotions law, and corporate governance
  • Analyzing proposed legislation and regulations and preparing internal memoranda and drafting agency comments
  • Preparing board meeting agendas, minutes and other materials, and conducting legal research and providing advice on corporate governance matters
  • Preparing memoranda, presentations and other materials for internal or external audiences

Qualifications:

  • Excellent academic credentials, including a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Bar membership in good standing in the District of Columbia, or eligible to waive into the DC Bar
  • Experience reviewing, negotiating, and drafting contracts
  • Interest in and knowledge of media, technology or intellectual property law
  • Superb oral and written communications skills, high level of professionalism and solid business judgment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, to set and adjust priorities, to work under pressure, and to maintain composure and a sense of humor while doing so

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted April 26, 2017


Executive Director, Student Press Law Center

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501 (c) (3) organization. The SPLC is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization is run by an Executive Director, a lean staff and a Board of Directors composed primarily of journalism educators, journalists, media executives and attorneys. The SPLC is supported by contributions from interested individuals and organizations (such as foundations) and draws from its own endowment. 

The SPLC occupies a unique position at the intersection of journalism and media, student empowerment, legal aid services and civic life. The SPLC was founded to  engage young people in the civic life of their country and community through journalism. The SPLC works through education, nonpartisan advocacy and access to legal information to remove the obstacles that impede young journalists from gathering information and sharing ideas about issues of public concern. The SPLC also is leading exciting new program initiatives, such as Active Voice and New Voices, to advance its mission. Board expansion, board engagement and increased fundraising will support the SPLC’s next chapter.  

The Opportunity 

The role of free speech and the role of the media are as timely today as ever, perhaps more so as digital dissemination proliferates. The SPLC is at an inflection point. After more than nine years of distinguished service to the SPLC, Executive Director Frank LoMonte will become Director of the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Accordingly the Board has begun an executive search for his successor. It is not expected that any member of the current staff will become a candidate for the role. 

The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader and manager with the ability to envision and execute bold new ideas: 

  • Experience in any one of the following, and preferably three of the following: journalism; journalism education; organizations promoting free speech, protecting the First Amendment, advancing journalism or journalism education; media law; nonprofit management.
  • Experience, energy and enthusiasm to reimagine an endeavor that already “punches above its weight class” and guide its execution to be even more effective
  • Experience managing others (a small staff , volunteers, board members, interns, consultants and contractors) in a collegial/collaborative way
  • Ability to work with a Board on envisioning and executing strategic plans regarding mission and financial goals
  • Ability to travel within the U.S. -- up to 25% anticipated during the first year
  • Ability to work in Washington, D.C. (preferred). Other locations may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Effectiveness in communications -- tech-savvy use of social media and other tools plus platform skills addressing groups. Experience building brand awareness is desirable.

An undergraduate degree is required. A law degree is optimal, although not required. A network and networking skills to expand SPLC’s opportunities, impact and influence and to expand its donor resource base. Willingness to activate the SPLC’s fundraising efforts (both Board and staff) is essential.
 
For Confidential Consideration

The Board has retained Machlowitz Consultants, Inc. to conduct the search. Expressions of interest as well as nominations may be directed to them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Candidates should supply both a cv and a cover letter. Due to the anticipated volume of interest, it may be possible to communicate only with those who most closely match the client’s needs. 

A compensation package includes generous benefits. The SPLC maintains a drug-free workplace. The SPLC is an equal opportunity employer. 

Background: Kindly consult www.splc.org

Posted April 26, 2017


Media and First Amendment Law Associate

Prince Lobel Tye LLP seeks a litigation associate with 1 to 3 years' experience to join its Media and First Amendment Law practice group. Position involves litigation support (particularly on media defamation, public records access, and copyright (fair use)/trademark matters), prepublication and pre-broadcast review, client media law training, staffing and management of media law hotline, and assistance with editorial contracts.

Position will involve close contact with media clients – from local newspapers to regional magazines to nationally and internationally known titles – on an array of editorial and business matters. Associate will report to, and work closely with, practice group chair.

Requires excellent writing, research, oral presentation, and interpersonal skills; attention to detail; strong work ethic; and a demonstrated passion for protecting First Amendment rights. Experience with social media required; prior journalism experience a plus. Equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to:

Robert A. Bertsche
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
One International Place, Suite 3700
Boston, MA 02110
Reference: Media and First Amendment Law Associate
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Posted April 11, 2017


Media and Intellectual Property Associate, Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Prince Lobel Tye LLP seeks an associate with 1 to 3 years' experience to join its media law and intellectual property practice group to work on a wide array of transactional matters for international, national, and regional media clients. Representative matters will include negotiation and drafting of vendor/service agreements, multi-platform content campaigns, talent agreements, blogger and influencer agreements, publishing contracts, branding), as well as soft intellectual property (copyright/trademark) licensing, registration, and protection.

Position will involve close client contact. Requires excellent writing and interpersonal skills, ability to think strategically, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic. Experience with contract drafting and trademark registration/protection required; entertainment and social media law experience a plus. Equal opportunity employer.

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to:

Robert A. Bertsche
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
One International Place, Suite 3700
Boston, MA 02110
Reference: Media and IP Associate
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Posted April 11, 2017


NPR - Deputy General Counsel

NPR is pleased to announce a rare senior-level position in its Office of the General Counsel. The Deputy General Counsel will report directly to NPR’s Chief Legal Officer, will advise NPR management on matters critical to NPR’s mission, and will help manage NPR’s strong legal team. The successful candidate will have at least 15 years’ experience in legal positions of increasing responsibility, whether in-house, in private practice, or in government, as well as a proven ability to manage multiple projects, to set and adjust priorities, to work effectively under pressure, and to maintain composure and a sense of humor while doing so. Outstanding written and oral communications skills and mature judgment are essential. The ideal candidate will be a versatile practitioner with significant experience structuring, negotiating, and drafting complex commercial contracts and counseling clients, including tax-exempt entities, in a fast-paced, competitive industry; interest in and substantive knowledge of copyright, trademark, media, technology, and communications law; experience managing other lawyers and professional and support staff; and a passion for the important work NPR does.

Essential Duties Include:

  •  Advise NPR management on matters critical to NPR’s mission
  • Help manage NPR’s strong legal team

Qualifications:

Required:

  • At least 15 years of relevant experience
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Experience structuring, negotiating, and drafting complex commercial contracts
  • Experience managing a legal department, division, or practice group
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and to mentor less experienced colleagues
  • Mature judgment
  • An orientation toward collaboration and client service; strong client relations skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and to set and adjust priorities
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to maintain a sense of humor while doing so
  • Membership in good standing in (or eligibility to waive into) the District of Columbia Bar

Preferred:

  • Experience representing media, communications, or technology clients
  • Experience in copyright and trademark law
  • Experience counselling tax-exempt organizations, regulated entities, or public institutions
  • Familiarity with digital technologies and privacy/data security law
  • Experience advising and interacting with corporate boards

We will review applications on a rolling basis through early May. To apply for this position, please submit a formal application through the NPR Career Center.

Posted April 3, 2017


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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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