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Symposium Honoring Silha Professor Emeritus Donald M. Gillmor

“How Far from Near? 50 Years of New York Times v. Sullivan in Minnesota and Beyond: A Symposium Honoring the Legacy of Silha Professor Emeritus Donald M. Gillmor.”Donald Gillmor

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cowles Auditorium, 130 Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
West Bank, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus

RSVP: 612-625-3421,

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8 a.m.: Continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.: Welcome and introduction by Silha Center Director and Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law Jane E. Kirtley

8:45 a.m.: Academic panel: "Beyond First Amendment Exceptionalism: The Multiple Legacies of Near and Sullivan"
Panel moderator: Everette E. Dennis, Dean and CEO, Northwestern University in Qatar
David S. Allen, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Robert E. Drechsel, James E. Burgess Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Elizabeth Blanks Hindman, Associate Professor, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University
Herbert A. Terry, Professor Emeritus, Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University-Bloomington

10:15 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m.: Practitioners panel: "Time After Times: Defamation Law (and Privacy, Too) in Minnesota"
Panel moderator: Marshall H. Tanick, Partner, Hellmuth & Johnson
John Borger, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Gary Gilson, Former Executive Director, Minnesota News Council, and retired broadcast journalist
Barbara L. Jones, Managing Editor, Minnesota Lawyer
Jack Sullivan, Attorney, Best & Flanagan LLP
Patrick Tierney, Partner, Collins, Buckley, Sautry & Haugh


Noon: Buffet lunch with remarks by Al Tims, director, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication
*(Space is limited, reservations are required. Deadline for luncheon reservations is April 9, 2014. Contact Elaine Hargrove,, 612-625-3421 to RSVP.)

1 p.m.: Keynote Speaker
Robert D. Sack, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit : "Thirteen Ways of Looking at New York Times v. Sullivan"

Robert SackRobert D. Sack has, since August 6, 1998, been a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with his chambers at 40 Foley Square in New York City. He took senior status on August 6, 2009. During his 33 years in practice, he specialized in national and international press law. He was a frequent lecturer and writer on press law topics and is the author of SACK ON DEFAMATION: LIBEL, SLANDER, AND RELATED PROBLEMS (4th ed. 2010) and coauthor of ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL SPEECH: A FIRST AMENDMENT GUIDE (1999). His article, "Protection of Opinion Under the First Amendment: Reflections on Alfred Hill, Defamation and Privacy Under the First Amendment," was published in the 100th Anniversary issue of the Columbia Law Review. On May 1, 2008, Judge Sack was awarded the Federal Bar Council's Learned Hand Medal for excellence in federal jurisprudence.

Judge Sack was an officer and director of the William F. Kerby and Robert S. Potter Fund, which assists in funding the legal defense of journalists abroad, and a member of the advisory boards of the Bureau of National Affairs' Media Law Reporter and the ABA Forum Committee's Communications Lawyer. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Law School, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society, and was Chairman of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He has since 2001 been a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. He was Columbia Law School's commencement speaker in 2007. He was Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Special Guest Lecturer at the University of Rochester in 2012 and a Distinguished Visiting Jurist at the University of Chicago Law School in 2013. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association (Chair, Communications Law Committee, 1986 89), and the American Judicature Society. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

After graduating from the University of Rochester in 1960 and Columbia Law School in 1963, Judge Sack clerked for United States District Judge Arthur S. Lane, in the District of New Jersey. He later became an associate and partner at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler (1964-1986) and a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (198- 1998), both in New York City. In 1974, he served as a Senior Associate Special Counsel to the United States House of Representatives Impeachment Inquiry Staff.

Event concludes at 2 p.m.


Event Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, located at 1500 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, until March 31, 2014. After that date, room availability and rate cannot be guaranteed. Please make your reservations by calling 877-699-3216. To receive the special seminar rate of $149 per night, mention that you will be attending the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication Gillmor Symposium. Hotel reservations may also be made online by going to and using the code GSSGSSB (King Rooms).

Location and Parking
Parking is available at the 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue ramps, located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus. A map of the campus is available online. The parking ramps have a $12 daily maximum. Parking fees may be paid by cash or credit card.

Program Accessibility
To request disability accommodations, please contact Elaine Hargrove,, 612-625-3421.

CLE Credits
This program has been approved for 2.50 Standard Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. Event code is 189324: How Far From Near? 50 Years of New York Times v. Sullivan in Minnesota.