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October 1, 2007

School of Law and School of Journalism Present Conference On Journalists’ Right to Protect Confidential Sources

Friday, October 5, 2007, the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication present “Confidential Sources:  What Does Branzburg Mean Now?”  The one-day conference will be held at the School of Law.  C. Edwin Baker, the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, will be the keynote speaker.

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Branzburg v. Hayes that journalists have no First Amendment right to protect their confidential sources from a grand jury.  However, Branzburg was not the last word on the reporter’s privilege as a legal and ethical issue.  Rather, it was the beginning of an extended about about the reporter’s role as a watchdog versus the reporter’s duty to cooperate in criminal investigations.  The conference will feature panels of judges, lawyers, legal scholars, journalists, and media ethicists.  Law School-affiliated speakers include Professor Ibrahim Gassama, Professor James O’Fallon, Professor Robert Tsai, and Associate Dean Susan Gary.  Additionally, Oregon Court of Appeals Judge David Schuman, former faculty member and Associate Dean of the School of Law, will speak.

Admission is $25 for community members and $150 for those who desire CLE credit.  Admission is complementary for faculty members and students of Oregon University System institutions.  More information and conference registration is available at jcomm.uoregon.edu/branzburg. 

 

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