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Bar Media Law Conference set for Stetson U. in March.

"Media Law: Privacy, Publicity and Privilege," is the theme of this year's Media Law Conference, set for March 3 at the Stetson University College of Law's Tampa Law Center.

The Bar's Media and Communications Law Committee's event is designed to promote a better understanding of First Amendment issues for attorneys, judges, and journalists.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to participate in two plenary sessions and six break-out sessions. The morning session, "Right of Publicity," focuses on torts and specifically addresses the late 2005 Florida Supreme Court decision in the "Perfect Storm" case. The afternoon plenary will focus on false light invasion of privacy tort.

The break-out sessions cover issues including the state of electronic access to court records; the current practice of photograph access in homicide cases, and the privacy implications on surviving family members; and the emergence of blogs and online journalism.

During each session panelists and attendees will be able to engage in question-and-answer segments.

The seminar features a number of judges, journalists, attorneys, professors, and in-house counselors such as Michael Fechter, reporter for the Tampa Tribune; R.B. "Chips" Shore, Clerk of the Court in Manatee County; attorney Barry A. Cohen of Tampa; and Second DCA Judge Chris W. Altenbernd of Tampa.

George H. Freeman, assistant general counsel of The New York limes Company, will be the luncheon keynote speaker, and is expected to discuss Judith Miller, the limes reporter who was jailed for refusing to reveal her source in the Valarie Plame-CIA leak investigation.

Florida Bar members will also have an opportunity to earn up to seven hours of CLE credits.

Standard tuition for the seminar is $219, but the early bird tuition price is now available for $199, if postmarked by February 10. Tuition for the conference includes admission to all sessions, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, materials, and a Friday evening reception.

For more information, including the registration form and schedule of events, visit the Stetson University College of Law Web site at
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Date:Jan 15, 2006
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