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Media & Communications Law

The committee is intended to provide Bar members a forum for sharing information about the law applicable to free speech and communications. The committee will explore topical legal issues pertaining to the full spectrum of communications methods, including print, broadcast, cable and emerging technologies. A second and equally important purpose of the committee is to promote better understanding between The Florida Bar and the news media, focusing attention upon mutual problems and developing amicable solutions to those problems.

Committee Activities

The Reporters’ Handbook

Authored by the Media & Communications Law Committee, the Reporters’ Handbook serves as a resource guide for members of the media about topics in the legal profession.

The Reporters’ Workshop

Each fall, in most years, the committee presents a two-day, on-site event for print, TV, radio and online journalists new to the courts and legal beats or new to Florida.

Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Journalism

The committee presents the Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida to honor a longtime champion of the First Amendment and counsel to journalists.

First Amendment Seminar

The committee plans the First Amendment Seminar that is typically held in conjunction with the Annual Convention.

Course #4680: 1st Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court

Recorded June 25, 2021

The seminar is approved for 2 hours of CLE credit.

Previous Seminar

Recorded June 19, 2020

Log in to the MyFloridaBar Members Portal to access your committee materials or contact Leslie Smith, staff liaison, 850-561-5764