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Feb. 16, 2005
Contact: Ann Fahrbach Branden, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889.

KU seminar for lawyers to explore popular culture, media law

LAWRENCE -- What's the common thread in the Kobe Bryant case, the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" and jokes that bomb in front of a judge? They all provide fodder for the 18th annual Media & the Law seminar's exploration of "Popular Culture and Media Law."

Co-sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Law and KU Continuing Education, the April 8 seminar at the Fairmont Kansas City at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Mo., will gather experts to examine how movements in popular culture manifest themselves in media law and, conversely, how the media influence the nation's cultural wars.

Panel discussions will cover the challenges of celebrity trials; the Federal Communication Commission's crackdown on indecency; parody, satire and humor in the context of defamation and intellectual property rights; risk management; and whether traditional media and freedoms are in danger.

The seminar regularly draws almost 300 members of the legal and journalism professions from throughout the country.

Continuing legal education will be available for Kansas and Missouri lawyers. This year, five panel discussions also will be followed by a 10-minute session on ethics related to the panel's topic. The Missouri CLE Commission has approved seven hours of continuing legal education credits. The Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission has approved a maximum of seven credit hours, including one hour of ethics.

The seminar is sponsored by the KU School of Law, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Media Law Committee, the American Bar Association TTIPS Media Law Committee and KU Continuing Education. Contributors are Media/Professional Insurance, the Kansas City Star and First Media Insurance Specialists Inc.

For complete details and registration:

Mail: University of Kansas Continuing Education, Registrations, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1625
Phone: Toll free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823
Fax: (785) 864-4871
E-mail: kuce@ku.edu
TDD: (800) 766-3777
Web: www.kuce.org/programs/ml

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