Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Journalist Law School at Loyola

By Professor John T. Nockleby

For the past eight years, Loyola has partnered with leading Bar organizations to host the Journalist Law School (JLS). The program is an intense four-day "boot camp" in law for professional journalists. It exposes them to core concepts within our legal system, such as the structure of the courts, judicial independence and the relationships among the three branches of government. JLS also covers substantive courses including Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure and Torts. Other sessions feature panels which address "hot" topics in the legal world. This year's hot topics focused on firearms control, immigration, arbitration, mass torts and the crisis in the courts.

Journalists who participate are offered Fellowships to cover the expenses of attending. This year, the JLS committee selected 38 journalists from a pool of 240 applicants. These highly regarded journalists hailed from 22 cities throughout the United States and reported for a variety of major national and regional newspapers, television news, radio, magazines and new media.

JLS features a packed schedule, including breakout sessions that often run simultaneously to provide more individualized attention. This year, more than 50 speakers, comprised of Loyola faculty and legal experts, presented on a wide range of topics from legal ethics to drone strikes to voting rights.

Each year the Journalist Law School attracts well-known jurists and lawyers who bring a larger perspective to bear on the operations of the legal system. This year, Wallace Jefferson, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and Larry Thompson, general counsel of PepsiCo and former Deputy Attorney General of the United States, headlined lunch presentations. Robert Baldwin, executive vice president and general counsel of The National Center for State Courts presented an overview of state court funding issues. Eddie Lazarus, general counsel of the Tribune Companies, headlined the final "graduation" dinner.

In addition, members of the California Federal State Judicial Council offered insights about media relations and the courts. Panelists included United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Sheri Bluebond, Federal District Court Judge Dale Fischer; Justice Nora Manella of the California Court of Appeals and Judge Brian C. Walsh, Superior Court of California.

In what is rapidly becoming the top-rated session of the Journalist Law School, 19 faculty members participated in "Speed Dating with the Faculty." In this session, the Fellows rotated around tables hosted by the faculty and were given eight minutes to ask questions involving each professor's area of expertise. Loyola's Assistant Director of Communications, Brian Costello, organized this lively event.

The Journalist Law School is supported by many bar organizations committed to supporting legal education for journalists. Eight years ago the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) took a leadership role in supporting the JLS. Other major supporters in past years have included many ABOTA chapters from around the country; the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA); the Defense Research Institute (DRI); the American Association for Justice (AAJ); the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA); the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC); and Loyola Law School. We appreciate all of this support!

2013 Journalist Law School Fellows

  • Brian Skoloff, The Associated Press (Phoenix)
  • Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair
  • Scott Martindale, Orange County Register
  • Mary Harris, NBC4 (Los Angeles)
  • Julie Small, KPCC-Southern California Public Radio
  • Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
  • Jill Replogle, KPBS/Fronteras: The Changing America Desk (San Diego)
  • Vivian Ho, San Francisco Chronicle
  • John Gramlich, CQ Roll Call (Washington, D.C.)
  • Donna Leinwand Leger, USA Today
  • Tim Murphy, Mother Jones
  • Ryan Reilly, The Huffington Post
  • Jamila Trindle, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal
  • Amy Walters, NPR
  • Stephanie Condon,
  • Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald
  • Carlos Frias, The Palm Beach Post
  • Kevin Meerschaert, WJCT (Jacksonville)
  • Willoughby Mariano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Tony McNary, CBS Atlanta
  • Duaa Eldeib, Chicago Tribune
  • Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times (Iowa)
  • James Edwards, WGBH (Boston)
  • Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Emily Gurnon, St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Matt Chandler, The Buffalo Law Journal (American City Business Journals)
  • Jessica Dye, Reuters
  • Robert Fischer, The American Prospect
  • Stephen Samaniego, CNN
  • Karen Sloan, The National Law Journal
  • Jillian Weinberger, The Takeaway/WNYC/New York Public Radio
  • Jillian Rayfield, Salon Media, New York
  • Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, New York
  • Ethan Bronner, The New York Times
  • Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman
  • Scott Goldstein, The Dallas Morning News
  • Juan Lozano, The Associated Press, Houston
  • Levi Pulkkinen, Newspaper Group

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