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2023 Media Law Conference

The biennial Media Law Conference is the most substantive and effective conference for experienced media defense lawyers.

Wednesday October 4 – Friday October 6, 2023

The conference focuses on the practical aspects of media law and litigation, with a mix of plenary and boutique sessions on a wide variety of topics.

Wednesday October 4, 2023

11am
Registration Opens at Lansdowne Resort Hotel

2:45–3:45pm
Program: Fair Use, Parody and Transformation

A discussion of the impact of the Andy Warhol and Jack Daniel’s decisions of the Supreme Court.
With Lisa Blatt, Williams & Connolly (who argued Warhol and Jack Daniel’s in SCOTUS); Prof. Rebecca Tushnet; Roman Martinez, Latham & Watkins (who argued Warhol in SCOTUS); Susan Kohlmann, Jenner & Block (who submitted amicus briefs in both cases)

4–5pm
BOUTIQUE SLOT A

During the Conference there will be 5 time slots, each an hour, for 18 different boutiques. At each slot you will be able to choose to attend one of five boutiques being offered. They will cover a broad range of topics:

  • Anti-SLAPP: SLAPPing Back (focusing on recovering fees in SLAPP litigation and Anti-SLAPP progress in the UK and the EU)
  • Advertising and Commercial Speech
  • Copyright Hot Issues (offered 2x) (including fair use, responding to trolls, embedding liability, and the CASE Act)
  • Digital Media (offered 2x) (featuring new state digital privacy laws, the NetChoice cases and SCOTUS review, product liability claims, and more)
  • Ethics (offered 2x)
  • Entertainment Law (offered 2x) (discussing ripped-from-the-headlines hypotheticals)
  • FOIA
  • Hot Issues in Photography
  • International Law
  • Libel Developments (offered 2x)
  • Media Deals (interactive drafting clinic)
  • Music Copyright
  • Newsgathering (offered 2x) (cameras-in-the-courts, access to demonstrations, journalists’ safety, gag orders, and more)
  • PrePublication Review (offered 2x)
  • Right of Publicity and Invasion of Privacy
  • Subpoenas, Shield Laws and the DOJ
  • Trial Tales (a look at the big trials of the past two years, such as Palin and Depp)
  • Trial Techniques

6-7pm
Opening Reception

7-9:15pm
Dinner and Program:  Dominion v. Fox: What’s Its Impact

A discussion of what happened in the case, the legal decisions and strategies, the settlement, and the case’s ramifications.
With Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon; Prof. RonNell Andersen Jones, U. of Utah Law School; Lee Levine; and counsel from the parties.

Thursday October 5

8:15-10:00am (program starts at 9am)
Breakfast with Program: The Supreme Court – Direction and Dynamics

A roundtable among star Supreme Court journalists and litigators about whether the Court has become too political or biased, how the justices and the Chief are relating to each other, changes resulting from the pandemic, its ethical issues, breaking precedent and views on its First Amendment jurisprudence.
With Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog; Greg Stohr, Bloomberg; Kannon Shanmugam, Paul Weiss; Donald Verrilli, Munger Tolles.

10:10-11:10am
BOUTIQUE SLOT B –
chose from 5 different sessions TBD.

11:25-12:25pm
BOUTIQUE SLOT C –
choose from 5 different sessions TBD.

12:30-2pm
Lunch and Program: Senator Ron Wyden and Sec. 230

A taped Zoom Q&A with Sen. Wyden (D-OR) about the future of Sec. 230 and the legislative initiatives to amend it as well as the Sec. 230 cases decided this term by SCOTUS. Plus a rousing round of Journalism Jeopardy

2-3pm
BOUTIQUE SLOT D –
choose from 5 different sessions TBD.

3-6pm
Recreation Time

Enjoy Lansdowne’s running and bike paths, tennis courts (with round-robin for hackers), golf course, pool and spa.

5:30-6:30pm
Next Generation Happy Hour

Drinks and networking for members of MLRC’s Next Gen committee.

6-7pm
London Conference 2024 Open Planning Meeting

7-9pm
Dinner (on your own)

Free time to dine and network with clients and friends. Click for list of restaurants and bars in Leesburg. If you have no plans, there will be sign-up sheets at the conference registration table to join MLRC Board Members and Staff for dinner in the hotel.

9-10:30pm
After-Dinner Reception / Wine Tasting in the hotel lobby

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6

9-10:30am
Breakfast and Program: Online Content Moderation: What’s Its Future
A session on content moderation by social media platforms and the impact of the Oversight Board, created to help Facebook answer some of the most difficult questions around freedom of expression online. The session will feature Brent Harris, who, in his role as VP of Governance at Meta, led the efforts to create and develop the Oversight Board.

10:45-11:45am
BOUTIQUE SLOT E –
choose from 5 different sessions TBD.

12-1:30pm
Lunch with Program: Generative AI: Will it Overwhelm Us and How

With a technology demonstration, followed by a panel discussion on the legal, media, cultural and ethical impacts of AI.
Chair: Lauren Chamblee, Microsoft.

CLE

MLRC will apply for Conference CLE credit to cover most U.S. state jurisdictions of conference delegates. Any questions should be addressed to cle@medialaw.org