Annual Law & the Media Seminar to Discuss Access to Public Records in Digital Age


Attorneys, journalists, communications professionals, and students of these disciplines are invited to the 33rd Annual Law & the Media Seminar, “Trending Toward Darkness: Access to Public Records in the Digital Age,” Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at South Texas College of Law Houston. This event is co-sponsored by the HBA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Houston Press Club.

This year’s seminar features attorneys, journalists and scholars discussing the changing formats of public records — and, more importantly, access to them — in the digital age. Panelists will also discuss how a series of cases have weakened the Texas Public Information Act, and what that means for news gathering and the law. Keynote speaker Carrie Johnson of NPR will cover federal appeals court recently closing the entire floor of court for Mueller-related arguments; the prevalence of gag orders in cases with Paul Manafort and Maria Butina; the rise in FOIA filings; and hostile rhetoric aimed at media, including new rounds of security training for reporters about to hit the 2020 campaign trail.

Continental breakfast is included. Attorneys will earn 3 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics.

Attorney registration at the door is $55 in cash or check, space permitting.

Learn about the event — speakers, topics, and more — at www.hba.org/LandM.