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1985 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

Media law and media ethics; First Amendment (press and speech clauses); data privacy; comparative media law. 


Mass communication law; Media ethics; Contemporary problems in freedom of speech and press; Constitutional law: Theories of freedom of expression; Comparative media law

Professional Information

Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, 1999-present; Director, Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, 2001-present; Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (Washington, DC and Arlington, VA), 1985-1999. Practiced law with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle (Rochester, NY and Washington, DC), 1979-1984.  

Certifications and Licenses

Member New York, District of Columbia, and Virginia bars.  Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Contact Information


Telephone:  612 625 9038 (office)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Juris Doctor

External Positions

Board member, Society of Professional Journalists Foundation Board

2001 → …

Research Interest Keywords

  • First Amendment
  • Media law and ethics
  • Data privacy
  • Freedom of Information


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