Sweet Melissa Griffin, Federal Judges to Star at New Media Conference in San Francisco

Hey, are you a journalist, Blogger, New Media Content Provider and/or a person who  reports on the business of  courts? If so, you are in luck - word comes today from Kimo Crossman about a FREE half-day conference is coming up at San Francisco’s Old Federal Building (Big Blue) in the Tenderloin / Civic Center area on November 4, 2009. And to butter up all you ink-stained wretches beforehand, the 9th Circuit Office of the Circuit Executive is going on about how “old media” is “imploding.” Quelle surprise!

Anyway, it’s called, How Blogs, Twitter and Social Media are Changing Legal Reporting  - A half-day conference focusing on the changing nature of the news media and its coverage of the federal courts.” Whew.

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And best of all, San Francisco City Hall Examiner Sweet Melissa Griffin will be on one of the panels. OMG! U got 2 go 4 sure!!!

SMG adressing the City Club earlier this year:

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In short, it’s going to be on. But space is limited, so register today!

When:   Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
1 to 5 p.m., reception to follow
     
Where:   Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, California
     
Sponsors:   U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Public Information and Community Outreach Committee.
     
To Attend:   Journalists, bloggers, new media content providers and others reporting on the business of the courts are encouraged to attend. The event is free but space is limited.

Conference Program

How Blogs, Twitter and Social Media are Changing Legal Reporting  – A half-day conference focusing on the changing nature of the news media and its coverage of the federal courts

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
 
1:00 p.m. Welcome

Hon. Judge Vaughn R. Walker, Chief District Judge
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Marilyn L. Huff, District Judge, PICO  Committee Chair
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

1:15 p.m. Media Mania and the Courts

With “old media” imploding and the “new media” exploding, just who is reporting on the courts these days and how are they doing it? What should judges and courts expect from the new media? Join a distinguished panel in discussing how court coverage is changing and what that means for accuracy and access.

Panelists:
James R. Bettinger, Director
Knight Fellowships Program Stanford University

Melissa Griffin, Blogger
TheSweetMelissa.com

Hon. Susan Y. Illston
U.S. District Judge, Northern District of California

Kelli L. Sager, Esq.
Davis, Wright, Tremaine
Ninth Circuit PICO Committee

Peter Scheer
Executive Director
First Amendment Coalition

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Blogging, Tweeting: New Media in the Courtroom

Who qualifies as a journalist and does it really matter anymore? Are bloggers the new court reporters? How have courts responded to the challenge of instant reporting via wireless communications devices? Join a judge, a working journalist, legal blogger and Internet law expert in a discussion of new media in the courtroom.

Panelists:
Hon. Jeremy Fogel
U.S. District Judge
Northern District of California

Eric Goldman
Associate Professor & Blogger
Santa Clara University Law School

Jennifer Granick
Civil Liberties Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Howard Mintz
Legal Affairs Writer
San Jose Mercury News

4:30 p.m. Round Up

5:00 p.m. Reception in the Lawyers Lounge, 18th Floor 

The Conference is sponsored by the United States District Court for the District of Northern California and the Ninth Circuit Public Information and Community Outreach Committee. The program will take place at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco.
 
Parking
The courthouse does not have a public parking lot.
Public parking lots are available on 735 Van Ness between Turk & Eddy streets (open until 5:30 p.m.), and at the corner of Golden Gate and Larkin streets. The Civic Center Garage is also available on McAllister Street between Polk and Larkin streets.

See you there!

All the attendees with bios, after the jump.

Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong was appointed a district judge for the Northern District of California on June 18, 1991. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Armstrong served as a California Superior Court judge in Alameda from 1989 to 1991. She was a commissioner at the U.S. Parole Commission from 1986 to 1989 and at the Consumer Product Safety Commission from 1983 to 1986. Judge Armstrong received her B.A. from California State University at Fresno in 1969 and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law, in 1977. 
   
 Mr. James R. Bettingeris the director of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. He began his career as a consultant in writing and editing, and as a speaker in the late 80’s with Knight Ridder. Mr. Bettinger was co-host and interviewer of “Interchange” on the Stanford Channel from 1997 to 2000. He worked as a regular columnist for the San Jose Mercury News from 1990 to 1996. He was named deputy director of the Knights Fellowship program in 1989 and became director in 2000. Mr. Bettingergraduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1969. He worked in daily newspapers as a reporter, editorial writer at Riverside (California) Press-Enterprise, and as a city editor for the San Jose Mercury News for the next 20 years. 
   
 Honorable Jeremy D. Fogel was appointed a district judge for the Northern District of California on March 17, 1998. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Fogel served as a California Superior Court judge in Santa Clara from 1986 to 1998 and as California Municipal Court judge, Santa Clara County, from 1981 to 1986. He was directing attorney then executive director, Mental Health Advocacy Project, from 1978 to 1981. Judge Fogel received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1971 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. 
   
 Mr. Eric Goldman is the academic director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University and has been an associate professor of law at SCU School of Law since 2006. Prior to joining the SCU faculty, he was an assistant professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was general counsel of Epinions.com and an attorney at Cooley Godward LLP. Mr. Goldman received his B.A. in 1988 from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. in 1994 from UCLA Law School, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review, and concurrently received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. 
   
 Ms. Jennifer Granick is the civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Prior to joining the EFF, Ms. Granick was a lecturer and executive director of the Center for Internet Society at Stanford Law School. She handles a wide variety of Internet law issues, where her expertise is recognized nationally, including computer crime and security, constitutional rights, electronic surveillance, and national security. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Ms. Granick practiced criminal law in California for nearly a decade. She was named as one of 20 “Women of Vision” in the computer security field by Information Security Magazine. Ms. Granick received her undergraduate degree from the New College of the University of South Florida and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 
   
 Ms. Melissa Griffin is a Georgia native and a graduate of Cornell Law School. After living in New York for several years, she moved to San Francisco in 2004. After working at Jones Day for two years, she went in-house as an employment counsel for Bechtel Corporation in 2006. While working at Bechtel, she began writing about local politics and legal cases on a blog she created – www.thesweetmelissa.com. Melissa’s work appeared in a number of local publications in 2007, and in 2008 she was offered a position as a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. She enthusiastically accepted and continues to publish two to three articles each Thursday. In addition to appearances on television and radio, Melissa is a frequent public speaker at community events and organizations. She still writes for the web site where it all started, The Sweet Melissa. 
   
 Honorable Marilyn L. Huff was appointed a district judge for the Southern District of California on May 9, 1991. She served as chief judge of the district from 1998 to 2005. She is chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO) Committee. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Huff was a partner with a law firm in San Diego, California. She specialized in civil litigation and media law from 1976 to 1991. She received the San Diego County Bar Association’s awards for Legal Professional of the Year and for Service to the Legal Profession. Judge Huff received her undergraduate degree from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1972 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1976. 
   
 Honorable Susan Y. Illston was appointed a district judge for the Northern District of California on May 26, 1995. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she engaged in private practice in Burlingame, California, from 1973 to 1995. Judge Illston received her B.A. from Duke University in 1970 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1973. 
   
 Ms. Pamela A. MacLean is senior editor and legal writer for RedwoodAge.com, and a columnist for California Lawyer Magazine. She is the former California bureau chief for the National Law Journal in San Francisco. She has been a reporter for nearly 30 years and covered the courts and the law for 20 years, first for United Press International in San Francisco in the 1980s. In 1996, she joined the San Francisco Daily Journal covering the Ninth Circuit and federal district court in San Francisco. She has appeared on C-Span’s “America and the Courts” as well as radio programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco addressing the law. Pam received awards for investigative journalism and business reporting from the Associated Press. 
   
 Mr. Howard Mintz has been legal affairs reporter for the San Jose Mercury News since 1997. Overall, he has covered courts and the law for the past 18 years for a variety of newspapers, including The Recorder in San Francisco. Mr. Mintz is a 1982 graduate of Ohio University. 
   
 Ms. Kelli L. Sager is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. She has more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property and First Amendment-related litigation, including representation of television stations, radio stations, motion picture producers, newspapers, book authors, publishers, and national magazine clients, both at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts. She is a member of the Judicial Council of California’s Bench Bar Media Steering Committee and chair of the Western Division for the ABA Forum on Communications Law. Ms. Sager was named as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in First Amendment Litigation (National) by Chambers USA, from 2007 to 2009 and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) since 1995. Ms. Sager received her B.A. in 1981 from USC and West Georgia College, and her J.D. in 1985 from the University of Utah, College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Utah Law Review. 
   
 Mr. Peter Scheer has been the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition since 2004. He is a lawyer and a journalist who previously worked as editor and publisher of The Recorder in San Francisco and as publisher of the Legal Times in Washington, D.C. He was the chief executive officer of Callaw.com and Law.com. Mr. Scheer engaged in private practice focusing on appellate law and was a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm of Onek, Klein & Farr. He worked in the Department of Justice and served as general counsel to the National Security Archive. He received the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award and the James Madison Freedom of Information Award. Mr. Scheer received his B.A. from Amherst College, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. in 1978 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. 
   
 Honorable Vaughn R. Walker was appointed a district judge for the Northern District of California on November 27, 1989, and has been the chief district judge since 2004. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he engaged in private practice in San Francisco, California, from 1972 to 1990. Judge Walker received his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1966 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1970.

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One Response to “Sweet Melissa Griffin, Federal Judges to Star at New Media Conference in San Francisco”

  1. Aw, Jim! Thank you so much for putting this up! Actually, I have Kimo Crossman to thank for putting the coordinator of this event in touch with me.

    I hope you can make it!

    -Melissa