William Chamberlin

William Chamberlin

Director, Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project
Eminent Scholar of Mass Communications
Affiliate Law Professor


Mailing Address:
Box #118400 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-1095

(352) 273-1094


Ph.D., University of Washington M.A., University of Wisconsin B.A., University of Washington

Teaching and Scholarship

Advanced Media Law Research.

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined Law Faculty in 1996 as affiliate professor. Joseph L. Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communications, UF College of Journalism; Founding Director of Brechner Center for Freedom of Information since 1987; Director of Brechner Citizen Access Project (1999-present).
  • Previous Educational Experience: Central Washington State College (1968-71); Lecturer, Instructor, Director and Assistant Professor of Journalism; University of Washington School of Communications (1973-87), Teaching Assistant, Pre-Doctoral Teaching Associate, Associate Professor, Professor.
  • Professional Media Experience: Columbia's Basin Daily Herald, Moses Lake, Wash. (city reporter, sports-editor, county reporter); Yakima Herald Republic, Yakima, WA (copy desk); The Tribune, Ilwaco, WA (editor, publisher); Congressional Quarterly, Washington, D.C. (editorial assistant).
  • Professional Affiliations: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Communication Law & Policy Editorial Board, American Civil Liberties Union, Broadcast Education Association, International Communications Association, National FOI Coalition.

Introduction in Legal Research to Mass Media Law Seminar (3 credits) - LAW 6936

  • Equivalent of Advanced Law (though focusm on Media Law). Includes look at secondary sources in the field, and primary sources in administrative and legislative research generally not otherwise covered in law curriculum. Course involves preparing research paper from scratch (including how to find ideas and build the proposal). Secondary research critique papers are required in September, followed by concentration on the semester's major research paper. No tests. Usually meets equally at law and journalism schools.

First Amendment Law (2 or 3 credits) - LAW 6930

  • Analyzes and criticizes philosophical and legal bases of important contemporary restrictions on freedom of expression. Connections with larger issues of tolerance and related principles of First Amendment law also pursued.
    Prerequisite: Constitutional Law (LAW 5501).

Representative Books

  • THE LAW OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATION (1st-5th ed.s), (New York: Longman Publishers USA) (Bill F. Chamberlin and Robert Trager)
  • UPDATES TO ACCOMPANY THE LAW OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATION (1995 & 96 ed.s) (New York: Longman Publishers USA) (Kent R. Middleton, Bill F. Chamberlin and Matthew D. Bunker)
  • KEY CASES IN THE LAW OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATION (New York: Longman Publishers USA, 1995)(Kent R. Middleton and Bill F. Chamberlin)

Representative Law Reviews / Journals

  • State Laws Requiring World Wide Web Dissemination of Information: A Review of State Government Mandates for Documents Online, 10 Information and Communications Technology Law 2 (w/ Shannon Martin and Irina Dmitrieva, 2001).
  • Open Government in the Digital Age: Legislative History of How Congress Established the Right of Public Access to Electronic Information Held by Federal Agencies, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (with Martin E. Halstuk, 2001).
  • Guardians of Access: Local Prosecutors and Open Meetings Laws, 3 Communication Law & Policy 1 (w/ Charles N. Davis, Sandra F. Chance, 1998).