This supplement provides landmark cases in communication law to help students better understand practical applications and real-world precedents for the laws they're studying. Most of the cases come from well-known Supreme Court cases with opinions edited for the common students' (as opposed to law students') use.
John D. Zelezny, an attorney and senior public relations executive, has extensive experience in both academia and the professional world of communications. His varied career began as a small-town newspaper reporter in the 1970s, later encompassed fifteen years as a professor of media law and journalism at three West Coast universities, and eventually led to his employment as a corporate executive and strategic communications adviser to CEOs and boards of directors. He is a member of The State Bar of California and currently serves as senior vice president and chief communications officer for Community Medical Centers in Fresno, California. He is a frequent lecturer on communications law and the author of complex First Amendment problems for law-school advocacy competitions. Mr. Zelezny holds degrees from Humboldt State University and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Preface. 1. Introduction. Why Study Cases? How to Find Cases. Legal Terms. How to Read and Brief Cases. 2. The First Amendment. 3. Risks to Public Safety. 4. Damage to Reputation. 5. Invasion of Privacy. 6. Access to Places and Information. 7. Media and the Justice System. 8. Creative Property. 9. The FCC and Broadcast Licensing. 10. Electronic Media Content. 11. Obscenity and Indecency. 12. Commercial Speech.