One-Day Law School for Journalists™ (University Park)

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Amid the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is taking precautions to protect the health and safety of everyone we serve. We are practicing social distancing and postponing this program to a later date.

We will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, in order to determine when it is safe to reschedule this program. If you have already registered, you will receive an email from us once a new date has been identified, and we hope that you will be able to join us at that time.


The challenge of reporting on the legal system without a law degree can be daunting. This free one-day intensive program on the court system supports journalists and others in the media who have little experience covering the courts or who want to be sure they are on top of all current issues.

This program is a collaboration among Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, Penn State Law, and Penn State's Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.



9:00 AM | Welcome & Introduction - Hari Osofsky (Penn State Law) & Maida Milone (PMC)

9:05 AM | The Structure of State and Federal Court Systems - M. Milone (PMC)

9:25 AM | The Dynamics of a Trial - Christopher French (Penn State Law)

10:00 AM | The Appellate Process - Michael Forman (Penn State Law)

10:20 AM | Break

10:30 AM | First Amendment Basics - Melissa Melewsky (Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association)

11:00 AM | Journalists, Judges and Counsel: The Tension Between a Fair Trial and an Informed Public Panelists: M. Melewsky, Paula Knudsen Burke (LNP), Ron Southwick (PennLive), Judge Richard A. Lewis (Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas)

12:00 PM | Lunch & Keynote Speech - Judicial Independence in an Unsettled Time Keynote Speaker: Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith (United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)


One-Day Law School for Journalists is a program of The Media, The Courts & Counsel™, an initiative developed by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and Temple University's Klein College of Media & Communication.

Event Details


Penn State Law

Lewis Katz Building

University Park, PA 16802