NYC/Virtual - 2023 Fair Trial/Free Press Conference

In Person



Fair Trial/Free Press Conference:
Local Media, the Law,
and Alleged Police Misconduct


Monday, April 24, 2023
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Registration and Lunch)
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Program)

Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall
New York University School of Law, 245 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012

1.5 Professional Practice CLE credits available. This CLE will be available both in-person and via Zoom. (The link will be sent in the confirmation email.)

A hypothetical exploration of issues involving the media,
law enforcement, lawyers, and the courts,
with an experienced panel and the audience.


Hon. Albert Rosenblatt (ret.)
Former Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Counsel, McCabe & Mack LLP

Rex Smith
Former Editor, Albany Times Union


Richard Chacón
Director of News Standards and Practices, NBC News

Hon. Cheryl E. Chambers
Associate Justice, New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department

Hon. Jill Konviser
Acting Justice, New York County Supreme Court, Criminal Term, First Judicial District

Anne LaBarbera
Principal Attorney, Anne LaBarbera Professional Corporation

Darren LaVerne,
Partner, Kramer Levin

Thomas Maier
Investigative Journalist, Newsday

Hon. Robert M. Mandelbaum
Judge, New York City Criminal Court

Tanvi Valsangikar
Legal Fellow, Penguin Random House; Producer and co-host, SLANDERTOWN

Additional panelists to be announced.

Hear from a distinguished panel of judges, prosecutors, print and broadcast journalists, media counsel, and other practicing attorneys during the Fair Trial/Free Press Conference. The conference combines a discussion of a hypothetical scenario with an overview of media law. This program will consider the legal, political, and ethical issues that arise after a local media reporter is arrested while covering a police-involved shooting.

This program will explore the interplay of First Amendment rights to report on police activity, as well as the right to attend and report on trials. Panelists will discuss the legal and ethical issues surrounding alleged police misconduct, juror privacy, defamation law, and protection of the press and its sources.

Lunch will be provided. This free event is open to the public. Registration is required.

This event is co-sponsored by Albany Law’s Government Law Center, the New York University School of Law, and the New York Fair Trial/Free Press Conference.


COVID-19 Policy

This event will take place indoors. All visitors must adhere to NYU Law School’s COVID-19 policies.


CLE Information

This CLE will be available both in-person and via Zoom (link will be sent in confirmation email). 

Albany Law School’s Center for Continuing Legal Education has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York. This program has been accredited as a source of continuing legal education credits for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys in New York State (1.5 Professional Practice credits). For financial hardship guidelines, please call the Center for Continuing Legal Education at (518) 472-5888. 



We welcome requests for accommodation due to a disability.  Please contact Albany Law School’s Center for Continuing Legal Education at (518) 472-5888 at least a week prior to the course to discuss your requirements.


New York State Continuing Legal Education Board regulations state that credit shall be awarded only for attendance at an entire course or program, or for attendance at an entire session of a course or program. No credit shall be awarded for attending a portion of a course or a portion of a session.


Location - Off Campus

Furman Hall, NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

Primary Contact

Lisa Rivage

Secondary Contact

Chel Miller