New Year, New Event: The 31st Annual Law & the Media Seminar

Hello, everyone!

We hope you enjoyed the holidays and had an amazing start to the new year.

#HoustonSPJ has some some stuff to start off the new year. We will have our first event of the year with the 31st Annual Law & the Media Seminar, “Violence in Sports – On the Field, Off the Field & in the Media,” focusing on issues in amateur, college and professional sports, ranging from concussions to Title IX controversies and institutional reforms.

Emilie Slohm Conference Center, South Texas College of Law Houston

Saturday, January 21. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, Houston SPJ, and the Houston Press Club. It’s free for journalists, communication professionals, law students and journalism students. For attorneys, the registration cost is $50 and includes 3.0 hours of MCLE credit, along with 1.00 hour of ethics credit.

At-the-door registration is $55.

Continental breakfast is included! Ensure you register.

Attorneys can register here. Media members and students can register here.

You can download the registration form here.

Check out the image below for the agenda and panel bios.



2011 ‘Law and the Media’ seminar on counter-terrorism is day after tomorrow

Don’t forget, everyone: The 2011 ‘Law and the Media’ seminar is coming up the day after tomorrow at the South Texas College of Law. Among the headliners will be Dina Temple-Raston of NPR. Check out this post for complete details including time, cost and the street address.

NPR counterterrorism reporter Dina Temple-Raston among headliners for Jan. 29 ‘Law & the Media’ seminar

Dina Temple-Raston of NPR will be among the headliners for the 25th annual “Law and the Media” seminar being put on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the South Texas College of Law in Houston.

The theme will be taking attendees behind the scenes of the biggest counter-terrorism cases of the day.

Raston is counterterrorism correspondent for NPR and author of the book A Death in Texas, about the 1998 slaying of James Byrd, a black man dragged to his death by three white men in Jasper, Texas.

Also slated to speak at the seminar:

  • Jack B. Zimmermann, Houston-based criminal defense lawyer who has represented U.S. servicemembers charged with crimes against suspected Iraqi terrorists and a retired U.S. Marine Reserves colonel;
  • Michael Battle, former U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York and former head of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys;
  • Prof. Geoffrey Corn of South Texas College of Law, an expert in military law, national security and public international law and a retired Army lieutenant colonel;
  • And speaking by teleconference will be Maher Arar, a computer engineer who was rendered by American authorities to Syria.

Remember — journalists, communications professionals and journalism students get in free! Cost for attorneys is $40 with advance reservations (due by Jan. 27) or $50 at the door. Attorneys get 3 hours of continuing ed credit.

Sign up now using the registration form below! You can mail in the registration form or e-mail it to

The event runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the law library on the 6th floor of the South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto St., Houston.

Photo: Security teams at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Photo from photostream of flickr user Marion Doss, formally credited to U.S. Navy/Photographer’s Mate First Class Shane T. McCoy, under a Creative Commons license.