Georgia Bar Journal
GSB Vol. 13, NO. 7, Pg. 26.
17th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
GSB JournalVol. 13, NO. 7June 200717th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary ConferenceStephanie J. WilsonIn February, Georgia's legal and media professionals gathered at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta for the 17th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference. Each year, this ICLE event focuses on emerging First Amendment issues and their influence on the law. Everyone from judges and lawyers to journalists are invited for a full day of panel discussions and small group sessions dealing with the latest topics impacting
the First Amendment.
The day began with the first session, "J-School for Judges & Lawyers," led by moderator Jon Shirek, WXIA-TV. Panelists included Hon. Arch W. McGarity, judge, Superior Court, Flint Judicial Circuit; Robin McDonald, The Fulton County Daily Report; Bill Rankin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Veronica Waters, WSB Radio. In light of the recent recusal of DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Hilton M. Fuller Jr. from the ongoing trial of accused courthouse shooter Brian Nichols, the majority of the discussion focused on the meaning of "on the record." McGarity and the other panelists agreed that the most important action journalists can take when covering a trial is to establish relationships, well before their deadline, with judges or other court personnel to encourage open dialogue.
After a short break, the second session, "Campus Privacy v. Campus Security in an Electronic World," was underway. Interlocutor Richard Griffiths, editorial director, CNN, led the audience and panelists through the scenario of a campus shooting at Lizard Lick State University. Panelists included Hon. David R. Sweat, judge, Superior Court, Western Judicial Circuit; Andrea Jones, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center; John D. Marshall Jr., Georgia State University College of Law; Robert McBurney, assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Georgia; Chris Megerian, editor-in-chief, Emory Wheel, Emory University; Don Samuel, Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C.; Stephen D. Sencer, deputy general counsel, Emory University; Amy Storey, editor-in-chief emeritus, The Sentinel, Kennesaw State University; and Jimmy Williamson, police chief, University of Georgia.