A journalist listening to a presentation at a One-Day Law School for Journalists™ at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

One-Day Law School for Journalists™

Our One-Day Law School for Journalists™ is an intensive program designed to support journalists and others in the media who face the challenge of reporting on the court system without a law degree.

"I cannot emphasize how helpful this was, and how much it will inform my reporting. I am so grateful for these resources." - 2019 Pittsburgh Participant

2021 One-Day Law School for Journalists

Click Here to watch a recording of the 2021 One-Day Law School for Journalists.

Keynote Speaker:

Cherri Gregg

  • Afternoon Host/News Anchor, WHYY
  • Former Community Affairs Reporter, KYW Newsradio
  • Creator & Former Host & Executive Producer, Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg
  • Past President, Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

Panel Discussions:

Grand Jury Process

  • Jennifer Buck | PA Senior Deputy Attorney General, Supervisor of Grand Jury Unit
  • Eli Segal | Partner, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
  • Michael Schwartz | Partner, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Right to Know Act & Transparency

  • Nathan Byerly | Deputy Executive Director, Office of Open Records
  • Michael Joyce | Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Melissa Melewsky | Media Law Counsel, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association

Hot Topics Affecting the Press: From Subpoenas to SLAPPs

  • Kaitlin Gurney | Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP (Moderator)
  • Paula Knudsen Burke | Staff Attorney, Local Legal Initiative and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Holly Lubart | Vice President, Government Affairs, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association
  • Max Mishkin | Associate, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Al-Amyn Sumar | Counsel, The New York Times

This program was sponsored by the The Lenfest Institute for Journalism.