Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Courts and the Mass Media: The Ethical Issues

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Santa Clara University School of Law will sponsor a conference on "Courts and the Mass Media: The Ethical Issues," scheduled for January 24Æ25 at the Universitys Mayer Theatre. After a welcome from Ronald George, chief justice, California Supreme Court, the keynote address will be delivered by Newton Minow, former chair, Federal Communications Commission. Other participants include:

Cameras in Court


  • Peter Arenella, professor, UCLA School of Law


  • Richard D. Huffman, associate justice, California Court of Appeal

  • Steven Brill, founder, Court TV

  • Johnnie Cochran, lead defense attorney, O.J. Simpson trial

  • Greta Van Susteren, legal analyst, CNN

Moderator: Thomas Shanks, S.J., director, Markkula Center

Pundits and Prognosticators


  • Erwin Chemerinsky, professor, USC Law Center

  • Laurie Levenson, associate dean, Loyola Law School


  • Henry Weinstein, staff writer, Los Angeles Times

  • Leslie Abramson, defense attorney, Menendez trial

  • Geraldo Rivera, "Geraldo Live," CNBC

  • Judy Clarke, president, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Unabomber defense team

Moderator: Robert Drinan, S.J., professor, Georgetown University Law Center, former U.S. Congressperson

Gag Rules, Press Conferences, and Shield Laws


  • Gerald F. Uelmen, professor, SCU School of Law


  • Michael Tigar, defense attorney for Terry Nichols, Oklahoma City bombing trial

  • Robert Shapiro, O.J. Simpson defense team

  • Rikki Klieman, anchorperson, Court TV

  • David Margolick, author, former reporter, The New York Times

Moderator: Margaret Russell, associate dean, SCU School of Law

Updates on further participants and a complete schedule of events will be available on The Ethics Connection.