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Forum on Communications Law

Network with lawyers in the print broadcast, online & mobile media, and the telecommunications industries. Keep up to date with cutting edge issues in defamation, privacy, commercial speech, freedom of information, data collection and use, FCC regulation, and First Amendment law.

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Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards

The Commission on Women in the Profession is pleased to announce the esteemed honorees of the 2024 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards! This year, the Commission is honoring five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence and paved the way for other women in the legal profession. We congratulate our esteemed colleague, Barbara Wall.

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Spirit of Excellence

ABA Diversity and Inclusion Champions Award!

Encouraging diversity in the legal profession has been a core tenet of the ABA Forum on Communications Law since its inception. And that is why we are thrilled to announce that the Forum is the 2024 recipient of the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Champions Award! Each year, the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity honors one division that has demonstrated exemplary commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Commission highlighted the Forum’s dedication to inclusion and innovation through its long-running Diversity Moot Court Competition and student scholarships. We won this award through the dedication of our incredible Diversity Committee Co-Chairs, Charlyn Stanberry and Michael Lambert, and our Chair, Robb Harvey. Together, we are building the next generation of the media bar, and the future is bright.

2025 Annual Conference

29th Annual Conference

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Mark your calendar for the 2025 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas from February 6 - 8, 2025 at the Omni Austin.

Succession Planning for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners

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Recording From March 20

Planning for incapacity and/or death is critical for solo and small firm (1 partner firms) practices. Failure to plan has consequences, including the involvement of Inventory Counsel. Succession planning provides you with the ability to control how your firm is dealt with during your incapacity or death, to retain more value from your firm, to protect your client's interests, and to keep you in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as avoid a malpractice claim.

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Young Lawyer's Committee

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This form is for the ABA Forum on Communications Law's - Young Lawyer's Committee (YLC) email directory. If you are within 10 years of beginning your legal career in media law, please fill out the information requests in the link so the YLC can keep you informed on current YLC events and communications. If you have any questions, please reach out to the YLC Co-Chairs: [email protected] and [email protected].

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2023 - 2024 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Sponsorship Committee develops an annual fundraising plan and identifies potential sponsorship opportunities. The committee is responsible for initiating discussions with potential sponsors, confirming sponsorship commitments and ensuring that each sponsor receives the full benefit of their contribution.

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The New Solo Practitioners and Small Firm Committee

The new committee aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas, “best practices” and useful materials, regarding practicing media law “leanly,” in the rapidly changing economic and digital media landscape.

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Strategic Plan

The Long-Range Planning Committee will assist the Governing Committee with helping further develop the Forum’s mission, vision and strategic direction given the changes in the industry, the media market, and the American Bar Association.

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Media Bar Resources

Articles

Read articles by attorneys from the law firms who represent the media and those who serve as in-house counsel at media organizations in the United States.

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Videos

Watch videos featuring leading attorneys as they discuss issues facing the media bar and those who defend and protect the First Amendment.

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ABA Communities

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Introducing Communications Law Communities. Join this new, exclusive online community site for ABA Forum on Communications Law members to connect and interact.

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Publications

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About the Forum

The more than 2,200 members of the Forum on Communications Law represent a wide variety of specialized legal talent. The principal aim and objective of the Forum are: (1) To encourage discussion of problems relating to legal counseling and representation of the print media, the telecommunications industry, and the electronic media. (2) To promote the exchange of information among practitioners in the field. To support and promote research, forums, and publications focusing on communications (3) To keep abreast of developments in the law and to discuss evolving issues. (4) To preserve and develop professional competence and integrity in the practice of law.