April 18 Wednesday

NDAs and Investigative Journalism: What Can Be Done When Contractual Commitments Are Used To Suppress New Reporting?

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:10PM - 2:00PM
  • Room 109
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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NDAs and Investigative Journalism: What Can Be Done When Contractual Commitments Are Used To Suppress New Reporting?

The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School invite you, your journalist colleagues and others from your organization to the next in their series of occasional lunchtime discussions of current issues facing journalists and their lawyers.
This invitation-only event on Wednesday, April 18,  will consider the impact of non-disclosure agreements on investigative reporting, the risks to sources and to journalists if an NDA is violated, and the legal theories and tools available when NDAs threaten to suppress reporting of important, newsworthy information.  A question and answer session for both journalists and lawyers will follow a discussion of the key issues with a group of leading experts:

Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and founder and director of Yale's Information Society Project.

Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law at Washington University, St. Louis, former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a leading expert on the law of whistleblowing.

David Rohde, Online News Editor at The New Yorker and previously an investigative reporter and editor at Reuters and The New York Times.

Richard Tofel, founding general manager of ProPublica, and previously president of the International Freedom Center, assistant publisher at The Wall Street Journal  and assistant general counsel at Dow Jones.

This “brown bag lunch” will be held on Wednesday, April 18, from noon to 2:00 p.m.  As with past lunches, this discussion will proceed in three locations connected by videoconference:

New York City:
Ballard Spahr, LLP
1675 Broadway, 19th Floor (at 52d Street)
New York, NY 10019-5820

Washington D.C.
Ballard Spahr LLP
1909 K Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20006-1157

New Haven. 
Yale Law School
320 York Street, Room 109
New Haven, CT 06511

You and others from your organization may attend and participate in the discussion at any of the three locations, but space is limited, so please R.S.V.P. to reserve a spot.  We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you on April 18.

***RSVP to Lisa Appel,  212-850-6119 or appell@ballardSpahr.com ***

Sponsoring Organization(s)

ISP, MFIA, Abrams