Jane E Kirtley

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1988 …2019
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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

Email: kirtl001@umn.edu

Telephone:  612 625 9038 (office)

Education/Academic qualification

Juris Doctor

External Positions

Board member, Society of Professional Journalists Foundation Board

2001 → …

Research interests

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

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Research Output 1988 2019

A “Clear and Present Danger”: The Indictment of Julian Assange and the First Amendment

Kirtley, J. E., Sep 1 2019, In : Journalism and Communication Monographs. 21, 3, p. 269-274 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate


Lessons from the Timothy McVeigh Trial I

Kirtley, J., Sep 25 2017, Covering the Courts: Free Press, Fair Trials, and Journalistic Performance. Taylor and Francis, p. 11-14 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Panel II: The Future of Privileges for the Press

Kirtley, J., Jan 1 2014, In : Communication Law and Policy. 19, 1, p. 109-117 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Not just sloppy journalism, but a profound ethical failure: Media coverage of the Duke lacrosse case

Kirtley, J. E., 2011, Institutional Failures: Duke Lacrosse, Universities, the News Media, and the Legal System: Duke Lacrosse, Universities, the News Media, and the Legal System. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 147-166 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter