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Join CCE at our Fall 2019 Bench-Bar-Media Dialogue Program!

Journalism Isn’t Justice – Examining Both Roles in the Era of #MeToo

Though the #MeToo movement first began in 2006 with activist Tarana Burke, it became a social media phenomenon in 2017, helping to spark a new wave of sexual harassment and assault disclosures. Today, #MeToo has left its mark on nearly every walk of American life – politics, business, Hollywood, academia, the judiciary, among countless others. And allegations are showing up in numerous ways, including news reports, social media posts, secret spreadsheets, or lawsuits. 

Sometimes an accused sue their accuser for libel for suggesting they have engaged in misconduct. Accusers may countersue for libel for suggesting they are liars.  And everyone scrutinizes press accounts as if the press is able to deliver the final word on what actually happened. But, as has been well recognized, what journalism does is different from what the justice system is designed to do. They are both necessary systems, but important for different reasons. Join us on November 19, 2019 for a dynamic discussion of what the justice system can and cannot realistically achieve, the role of the press, and the validity and effectiveness of libel claims in the #MeToo era.

Our distinguished panelists include: 

  • Tom Clare, Partner, Clare Locke LLP
  • Kalea Clark, Deputy General Counsel, The Washington Post
  • Hon. Royce Lamberth, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Columnist, Slate 
  • Jane Mayer, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker
  • Emily Martin, Chief Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women's Law Center

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Here are some highlights from Journalism Isn't Justice – Examining Both Roles in the Era of #MeToo


 About the Bench-Bar-Media Dialogue Series: Since 2010, CCE has presented this dynamic event series that brings together judges, lawyers, and members of the press to discuss timely and engaging First Amendment and justice-related topics. Past Bench-Bar-Media topics include Justice on the Big ScreenLeaks and the LawJuvenile ConfidentialityCameras in the Courtroom, The Libby Trial, among others. 


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