I am an attorney and scholar focused on legal issues involving the media, including the internet and social media. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, where I teach media law and ethics. I am also “of counsel” to Fenno Law, which focuses on media and internet law.
Previously I taught media law and ethics at Louisiana State University, the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Baruch College (CUNY), and the University of Nevada, Reno. I was also co-director of the Press Law and Democracy Project at Louisiana State University, and deputy director of the National Center for Courts and Media at the University of Nevada, Reno.
I was also of counsel to First Amendment attorney Cynthia Counts; an affiliate scholar with the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society; a staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center; and a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I have also worked as an attorney and policy aide for federal, state and local government officials.
Besides my teaching and professional experience in media law, I also have an active research agenda on media and internet and social media law issues. This includes, among other topics, the legal and social impact of social media terms or service and privacy policies; access and impact of the internet and social media on court processes and proceedings; and Federal Trade Commission and other regulation of commercial speech on social media.
I have published articles in several academic, legal and professional journals, as well as several books and encyclopedias; a complete list of my publications is available here. I am the author of Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law, as well as lead contributor and editorial reviewer for Internet Law: The Complete Guide. I also maintain my own blog, bloglawonline.com, and am the media law columnist for the South Carolina Press Association. Previously, I blogged for Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
I am a recognized expert on legal issues involving new media and technology, and have spoken at conferences and interviewed on these issues, including by the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, Oregon Public Radio, and The New York Times (full list here).