Dealing with the News Media
Course Demo. No credit provided in demo mode.
Faculty: David Graulich, Esq. -
In a world of 24-hour news cycles and intense public interest in the courts, media coverage is a fundamental part of the litigation landscape. However, many civil litigators haven't developed a strategy for dealing with the media, whether to proactively serve their client's interests or to respond, quickly and effectively, to media tactics deployed by adversaries. As in a political campaign, the failure to "get ahead of a story" can result in your opponent maneuvering you into a reactive, defensive mode that can damage your client's overall position and diminish your negotiating leverage. Fortunately, there are guidelines for dealing effectively with the news media, most of which are based on understanding the priorities and incentives that drive reporters and editors. These guidelines will enable you, as a civil litigator, to work effectively with the press - and keep within boundaries of professional ethics -- as an essential part of your advocacy.
In this course, attorney David Graulich will discuss the challenges of managing a high profile case and the best practices to follow when dealing with the news media. Mr. Graulich will examine how to deal with pre-trial publicity, go over the rules relating to media interaction during the trial, and discuss ABA guidelines on trial publicity. What is considered off the record? Should an attorney ask a reporter to view a story before it is published? Mr. Graulich will also present several case studies to examine the changing relationships of the news media and the court system over the last several decades. The course will discuss the court's varying tolerance levels of extrajudicial statements in civil and criminal trials. The course will end with a Question and Answer session covering such topics as how to handle an ambush interview and dealing with bloggers.