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Washburn University School of Law to Host a Symposium Discussing the Future of Cyber Speech, Media and Privacy Wednesday, Nov. 6

     Topeka, Kan. – While online technology has increased our society’s capacity to communicate and share information, many of the personal details of our lives are now readily accessible online. Speakers and panelists at the “Future of Cyber Speech, Media and Privacy Symposium” will explore the changing landscape in how we communicate, share information and retain privacy as more and more of our interactions are occurring online. Washburn Law's Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government in partnership with the Washburn Law Journal will host this symposium Wednesday, Nov. 6 beginning at 9:50 a.m. in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University campus. Registration was required for attendees desiring a lunch during this event.

      Erin C. Carrol, associate professor of law, legal practices at Georgetown Law is the keynote speaker. Carroll teaches courses on legal analysis and communication as well as technology and the press. Her scholarship focuses on the dramatic changes to the press in the past several decades and how law should respond to them. It is informed by her work as a journalist before becoming a lawyer. She has written about transparency laws and newsgathering, privacy and the meaning of newsworthiness, and the First Amendment and methods of protecting watchdog journalism.

Panelists include:

  • Lindsey Barrett, staff attorney and clinical teaching fellow, Institute for Public Representation Communications & Technology Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kyle Langvardt, associate professor of law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Jonathan Peters, assistant professor, journalism, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Joseph A. Tomain, lecturer senior fellow, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University Bloomington Mauer School of Law
  • Amy Gajda, class of 1937 professor of law, Tulane University Law School
  • Scott Skinner-Thompson, associate professor of law, University of Colorado School of Law
  • Rory D. Bahadur, professor of paw, Washburn University School of Law

About the Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government

     The Washburn University School of Law’s Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government provides students expanded opportunities for public service. Washburn Law is ideally situated to offer law students unique and varied opportunities to learn about lawmaking, judicial decision-making, administrative law and the regulatory process, given its proximity to the State Capitol, the Kansas Judicial Center, the Frank Carlson Federal Courthouse and numerous state agencies.

     As its primary focus, the Center provides superior legal education to prepare highly qualified public servants for a broad range of careers associated with local, state and federal government. Courses such as Legislation, Administrative Law, Local Government and State and Local Taxation serve as the Center's initial core curriculum. The Center offers a Certificate in Law and Government to students who elect a concentration in coursework related to government and public policy.


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For further information: Shelia A. Summers Director of Marketing Communications, Washburn University School of Law Office: 785-670-1784 Email: shelia.summers@washburn.edu OR Joy Bailes Assistant Director of Public Relations, Washburn University Office: 785-670-2153 Cell: 785-230-1648 Email: joy.bailes@washburn.edu

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