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June 12, 2007

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or, or Lisa Apfelberg, Jewish Community Association of Austin, 512-735-8076,

David Anderson to Discuss Shield Laws with Leading Journalists, June 12

AUSTIN, Texas—Professor David Anderson, a specialist in mass communications law at The University of Texas School of Law, will join a discussion with leading journalists about shield laws on Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Austin.

The panel, titled “Shields and Sources: Media and the Law,” also includes Rich Oppel, editor of the Austin American-Statesman and Norman Pearlstine, former editor-in-chief of Time Inc. and former managing editor and executive editor of The Wall Street Journal. Evan Smith, editor of Texas Monthly, will moderate the discussion.

Shield laws are legislation designed to provide legal protections to journalists seeking to maintain the confidentiality of an unnamed source or unpublished information obtained during newsgathering.

The discussion is part of a summer speaker series hosted by The Jewish Community Association of Austin. This series of evening discussions—which is free and open to the public—will feature leaders addressing a variety of current topics such as media, politics, and the future of the city of Austin.

All events will be held at 7 p.m. on the Dell Jewish Community Campus at 7300 Hart Lane. For driving directions go to:

For information about other series events including “Will Wynn Presents the Austin Climate Protection Plan” on Monday, June 18, and “Peering into Austin’s Future,” on Wednesday, June 27, go to:

About David Anderson:

Professor Anderson holds the Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a journalist for several years before entering law school, where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review. A specialist in torts and mass communications law, he has a particular interest in the law of libel and privacy.

He is co-author of Mass Media Law (Foundation, 7th ed., 2005) and Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 3d ed., 2004). His many articles include “Freedom of the Press” (Texas Law Review, 2002), “Is Libel Law Worth Reforming?” (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1991) and “The Origins of the Press Clause” (UCLA Law Review, 1983).

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