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About Jennifer Borg

Jennifer Borg is the former general counsel and vice president of North Jersey Media Group Inc. North Jersey published more than 50 magazines and newspapers, including the award-winning daily newspaper, The Record,as well as the news website, NorthJersey.com. The publications were sold to Gannett in 2016.

As head of the legal department, Borg handled all First Amendment issues and right-of-access claims, as well as all licensing and copyright concerns for the company. She also handled the company’s litigation and transactional matters.

Borg has been involved in major copyright issues, such as the licensing of the iconic photograph taken by Thomas E. Franklin of The Record showing three firefighters raising an American flag at Ground Zero.
Borg is also president of the Foundation for Northern New Jersey, which she founded in 2002 to assist those who suffered losses as a result of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Upon receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, Borg worked for Breed, Abbott & Morgan for three years before accepting a position at Proskauer Rose LLP as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment department.  Proskauer Rose is an international firm with practices in mergers and acquisitions, taxation, finance and other areas of corporate law, including labor and employment. Borg joined North Jersey in 1995 as vice president of human resources and general counsel.  In 1998, she also took on the title of corporate secretary.

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About Keith Bybee

Keith J. Bybee is the vice dean and the Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor at the College of Law. He also holds a tenured appointment in political science at the Maxwell School. He edits the subject matter journal “Law, Politics, and the Media” published by SSRN.com and the book series “Law, Politics, and the Media” published by Stanford University Press. He served a three-year term as president of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.

Bybee’s teaching interests include law and courts, the politics of race and ethnicity, LGBT rights, American politics, political philosophy and the media. His articles have appeared in a number of academic journals. He is the author of “Mistaken Identity: The Supreme Court and the Politics of Minority Representation” (Princeton University Press, 1998; second printing, 2002), an examination of the theories of political identity at stake in the debate over race-conscious redistricting. He is also editor of “Bench Press: The Collision of Courts, Politics, and the Media” (Stanford University Press, 2007), a collection of essays on the current state of judicial independence written by legal scholars, sitting judges and working journalists. He is also the author of “All Judges Are Political—Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law” (Stanford University Press, 2010).

Bybee earned an A.B. in politics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. Before coming to Syracuse in 2002, he was a faculty member in the Department of Government at Harvard University. From 2002 to 2008, Bybee held the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics in the Maxwell School.

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About Michael Grygiel

Michael Grygiel is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Albany office. In his national media law practice, Grygiel defends news and entertainment organizations from newsgathering- and publication-related claims, including defamation, copyright infringement and invasion of privacy matters. He also represents media companies and other clients in complex Lanham Act, trade secret and internet-related litigation and counseling. He has served as lead trial counsel to media and other clients in bet-the-company litigation, including a nationally-watched news aggregation copyright case and a trade libel action against a major medical device manufacturing company. He is experienced in representing the press in a wide range of matters involving applications for access to civil and criminal court proceedings and records, and in freedom of information law cases in both federal and state courts.

Prior to his career in private practice, he was the director of the Arthur Levitt Public Policy Center at Hamilton College, where his teaching specialty was First Amendment and constitutional law.

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About David Marburger ’76

David Marburger, a partner in the Cleveland office of BakerHostetler, is an authority on litigating legal issues arising from the content side of communications and litigating issues of constitutional law.

Marburger has handled more than 20 cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, the state’s highest court. He has litigated more than 250 libel cases, challenged the constitutionality of more than 35 laws and court orders, defended against over two dozen prior restraints, sued for access more than 50 times to open the files and proceedings of state, local and federal government agencies and courts and defended and pursued dozens of copyright claims.

Marburger co-authored “Access with Attitude,” a 350-page “advocate’s guide to freedom of information in Ohio,” published by Ohio University Press. He and his brother Daniel, a professor of economics, wrote a nationally-publicized 70-page white paper concluding that unexpected side effects of the federal copyright law have combined with the unique qualities of the Internet and inevitable laws of economics to threaten the survival of any firm that originates daily written news reports online. The Los Angeles Times published a condensed version of their analysis and the Associated Press Society of Ohio recognized Marburger “for serving with exceptional distinction and honor and upholding the highest ideals of journalism.”

Working pro bono, Marburger has drafted extensive amendments to Ohio’s open records and open meetings statutes, which the General Assembly enacted. The Ohio Attorney General appointed him to a two-year task force to conduct a comprehensive study of Ohio’s freedom of information laws.

Every year since 1995, he has been named by his peers as one of the best First Amendment lawyers in the country in The Best Lawyers in America. Inside Business magazine named him one of the leading lawyers in northeast Ohio and the Society of Professional Journalists recognized him with the “Best Defense of the First Amendment” award.

A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and the University of Pittsburgh Law School, he was a broadcast journalist in a top 10 market before becoming a lawyer.

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About LaVonda Reed

LaVonda N. Reed is an associate professor of law at the Syracuse University College of Law. She teaches communications law; property; and wills & trusts. Reed has published numerous scholarly works and law review articles addressing broadcast ownership, political broadcast advertisements and placement of satellite dishes and clean energy devices. In 2007, she was named a fellow with the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media at Syracuse University. Her paper “Political Advertisements in the Era of Fleeting Indecent Images and Utterances” was published in the St. John’s Law Review.

Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University,  Reed taught at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and was an attorney in private practice with the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Her areas of practice included telecommunications and corporate law.

Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Southern California. Upon law school graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She also is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She serves on the executive committee of the Section on Mass Communications Law of the Association of American Law Schools, as well as on a number of other committees and advisory boards.

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About Kurt Wimmer

Kurt Wimmer is a partner concentrating in technology and media law, as well as intellectual property and data privacy. Wimmer’s practice focuses on representing digital media, television, mobile, publishing and new technology companies. His work includes strategic content ventures, copyright protection and strategy, content liability and newsgathering advice and litigation, television and digital content licensing transactions, privacy and data protection and international law. He also represents companies and associations on public policy matters before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and international governmental entities, including representation of a 70-member media coalition seeking passage of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he was senior vice president and general counsel of Gannett Co. Inc., and was managing partner of Covington’s London office from 2000 to 2003.

Wimmer’s clients include Microsoft, Yahoo, The Washington Post Company, Newsweek, National Geographic, Gannett and Pearl Mobile DTV Co., as well as the National Association of Broadcasters and the Newspaper Association of America. He also has advised journalists, associations and legislators in more than two dozen countries concerning new media laws, protection of journalists and freedom of information. He is chair of the First Amendment Advisory Council of the Media Institute and the D.C. Bar Committee on Media Law, and is a member of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and past chair of its Defense Counsel Section.

He earned a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a master’s degree from the Newhouse School. He is also a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.