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MLRC produces industry-leading conferences and events on a wide range of topics. Our conferences present speakers from the judiciary, media organizations, firm practice, academia, and government who are on the front lines of shaping media law and policy. Our events bring together our members to study particular issues of importance, and to celebrate the First Amendment. Additional meetings are scheduled on an ad hoc basis to respond to breaking issues affecting our membership.

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Calendar of Conferences & Events


MLRC/Southwestern Entertainment and Media Law Conference

hollywood125pxMLRC and the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School sponsor this conference focused on media and entertainment law issues. Past topics have included idea submission claims, right of publicity, and the legal issues surrounding reality programming.

Next conference: March 2021

Legal Issues Concerning Hispanic & Latin American Media

walkwaycroppedThis conference is designed to provide lawyers from North America and Latin America a unique opportunity to meet and educate one another on the issues that arise in cross-border content creation, newsgathering, and distribution.

Next Conference: April 27-288 2021 on Zoom



Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

digital125pxConvened at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA and organized by MLRC and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, this conference explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today's multi-platform world.

Next Conference: May 2021


The MLRC's two major media law conferences, the MLRC Media Law Conference and the MLRC London Conference, are presented in September of alternating years. Attendance is open to members only, except by invitation.

MLRC Media Law Conference

books125pxThe biennial Media Law Conference is the most substantive and effective conference for experienced media defense lawyers. The conference focuses on the practical aspects of media law and litigation, with a mix of plenary, break-out, and boutique sessions on a wide variety of topics. The conference is held in the Washington, D.C. area.

Next Conference: September 2020 


MLRC London Conference


Over 200 lawyers from around the world attend the London Conference to discuss comparative developments in media law and policy. The conference also features distinguished speakers from the judiciary, academia and the press.

Next Conference: September 2022 | London, UK



MLRC Annual Membership Meeting and Forum

forumThe MLRC holds its annual membership meeting in November, to which all members are invited. Following the meeting, members are invited to the MLRC Forum, a free event at which an expert panel leads an in-depth discussion of a single important business and/or legal matter affecting the media.

Next Annual Meeting and MLRC Forum: November 2020  


MLRC Annual Dinner

dinnergeneric300pixEvery 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.

Next Annual Dinner: November 11, 2020 


DCS Annual Lunch

DCS_annual_meeting_photo_2009_Bob_NelonThe Defense Counsel Section's Annual Lunch is an opportunity for committee members to discuss activities from the year before and plans for the year ahead as well as meet with the DCS leadership.

Next DCS Annual Meeting & Lunch: November 2020

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