April 20, 2017

Leaks, fake news, news gathering under Trump administration top agenda at ABA meeting, April 23

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 — Experts participating in the American Bar Association 36th Annual Representing  Your Broadcaster: a 360° View will discuss the legal, regulatory, and political landscape of challenges facing broadcasters under the new Trump administration on Sunday, April 23 in Las Vegas.

36th Annual Representing your Local Broadcaster: a 360° View
Sponsored by the ABA Forum on Communications Law and
The Federal Communications Bar Association

Sunday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Encore Hotel
3131 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nev. 89109

Program highlights include:

“What’s the Whole Regulatory Picture at the FCC?” (10-11 a.m.) —This panel will explore the policies behind the regulatory text and provide insight into topics, such as foreign and local ownership, station recordkeeping children’s programming, and political broadcasting amongst other topics. Panelists include Michael Beder, associate, Covington & Burling, LLP, Washington, D.C.; Joseph di Scipio, senior vice president, Legal and FCC compliance, Fox Television Stations LLC, Washington, D.C.; Rebecca Hanson, senior vice president, Strategy and Policy, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Arlington, Va.; and Timothy Nelson, associate, Brooks Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, Raleigh, NC. Bill LeBeau, partner, Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, DC will moderate the session.

“A Panoramic View of the Political Landscape—Congress, the FCC and the Trump Administration” (1-1:45 p.m.)  —This panel will discuss changes broadcasters can expect from new FCC chairman Ajit Pai and Congress. Speakers include moderator Christina Burrow, special counsel, Cooley LLP, Washington, D.C.; Jack Goodman, principal, Offices of Jack Goodman, Washington, D.C.; and Robert McDowell, partner, Cooley LLP, Washington, D.C.;.

“Eyes Wide Open: Newsgathering Problems in the New Regime” (2-3 p.m.) — Newsgathering under the Trump administration, hacking, leaks, social media, fake news and selective access are topics this panel of attorneys and journalists will discuss. Speakers include moderator Susan Craig, investigative reporter, The New York Times; David Corn, Washington bureau chief, Mother Jones, San Francisco, Calif.; Carolyn Y. Forrest, vice president of Legal Affairs, Fox Television Stations, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.; Charles D. Tobin, partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C.

The complete agenda can be found online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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