CGR symposium to address First Amendment freedoms

Published: April 5th, 2010

Category: Events, News

The Center for Governmental Responsibility’s annual symposium will feature leading international experts in press and access freedoms on Friday, April 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room 180, Holland Hall, at the Levin College of Law.

Jon Mills, CGR director and dean emeritus, will moderate a panel on “Threats to Freedom of Expression, Freedom of the Press, and Access Laws throughout the Americas.” Panelists include: Julio Muñoz, executive director, Inter American Press Association; Sandra Chance, executive director, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, McClatchy Professor in Freedom of Information and UF law graduate; and Diana Daniels, trustee, Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds Complex and former vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of The Washington Post Company.

Law faculty and students are invited to attend the forum.

“The symposium initiates a collaborative agreement between CGR and the Inter American Press Association,” Mills said. “We have shared interests in human rights, freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and strengthening the rule of law throughout the world. We look forward to future programs that examine our mutual efforts at improved legal systems internationally.”

The symposium will examine case histories on transparency and access laws in Latin America and in the United States, influences of power and money as threats to freedom, and the effects of globalization on freedoms.

The event is sponsored by Anne Conway, Chief District Judge for the Middle District of Florida and a UF law graduate, and Jon Mills. It is held in conjunction with CGR’s annual board of advisors meeting.

About the panelists:

Muñoz holds a doctorate in mass communications from the University of Minnesota. He has served as executive director of the Inter American Press Association since 1994 and has served as a professor of journalism at the Catholic University of Chile.

Chance practiced law with the firm of Holland and Knight, where she concentrated on media law cases. She teaches media and First Amendment law in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was named the National Journalism Professor of the Year in 2005.

Daniels retired in 2007 from The Washington Post Company. She also was vice president and general counsel of Newsweek, Inc., with responsibility for all law department activities. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She is a past president of the Inter American Press Association and served on the Legal Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange.