Legal Communicators Media Conference 2016

Join us for conversations about legal education, higher education, pitching legal experts, the courts, authoring opinion pieces and getting them published with some of the best in the business.  This specialized conference is designed by a law school communicator specifically for law school communication and PR professionals and leaders.



Wednesday, June 15

4 – 5:30 pm: Registration
5 – 7 pm: Happy Hour at Tonic

Thursday, June 16

8:30 am: Registration and breakfast 
9:30  11 am: Panel 1 | Pitching to National News Outlets, Trends in Legal Education, and Higher Education

11 – 11:15 am: Coffee Break

11:15 am  12:30 pm: Panel 2 | Let’s talk about Money and the Opinions of Our Faculty and Administrators

  • Maria DiMento – Staff Writer, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Jill Lawrence – Commentary Editor, USA Today
  • Elizabeth Olson – The New York Times

12:30  1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30  2:30 pm: Panel 3 | Tricks and Tips from a Seasoned Communications Leader 

2:30  4 pm: Panel 4 | Television and Radio Pitches – What Works for Radio Guests vs. Television

  • Theo Balcomb – Supervising Producer, “All Things Considered,” NPR
  • Kevin Bohn – Supervising Producer, CNN
  • Paula Reid – Justice Reporter, CBS News

 5 pm: Panel 5 | Learn Tips and Tricks from a Very Successful Digital Strategist

  • Andy Le – Senior Director of Digital Strategy, U.S. Department of Education

5 pm: Cocktails at GW Law 

Friday, June 17

8:30 am: Registration and breakfast 

 10:30 am: Panel 6 | Trends in Online News Outlets: Topics and Experts

  • Steven Nelson – Reporter, U.S. News & World Report
  • Todd Ruger – Legal Affairs Staff Writer, CQ Roll Call
  • Jeremy Stahl – Senior Editor, Slate

10:30 – 10:45 am: Coffee Break

10:45 am  Noon: Panel 7 | Legal News Outlets Seeking Expert Analysis

Noon  1 pm: Lunch

 2 pm: Panel 8 | How to Best Use Photography and Get the Most from Your Photos

 3:30 pm: Panel 9 |  The Supreme Court – Analysis, Experts, and Justices 

Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen – President & CEO, National Constitution Center; Professor of Law, GW Law

  • Cristian Farias – Legal Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post
  • Tony Mauro – Supreme Court Correspondent, The National Law Journal

3:30 pm: Conference Concludes

*This agenda may be adjusted prior to the conference. Check back often for updates.

The conference is held over two days and consists of media panels with 3 to 4 journalists each. Past panels have included journalists from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, The ABA Journal, "Above the Law", NPR, NPR Marketplace, and many others. The discussion panels follow a question and answer format followed by one-on-one meetings with attendees. The LCMC also features, a "best practices" panel on current communications issues specifically geared toward legal communicators, opportunities to interact with faculty and deans, and an evening cocktail reception.

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Schools Attending

  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • American University Washington College of Law
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • University of Arkansas
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • Campbell Law School
  • Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Cornell University Law School
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Emory University School of Law
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • Harvard Law School
  • UM Carey Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • New York Law School
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Penn State Law
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • Rutgers Law School
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Tulane Law School
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • William & Mary Law School


Comments on LCMC '15

"It was so wonderful to meet counterparts from around the country and discuss our common challenges and interests. The chance to network with journalists was extremely valuable, too."

-Public Information Officer, Harvard Law School

"The conference was very informative; I walked away with a lot of new knowledge."

-Senior Writer, Vanderbilt University Law School

"It was all great!  The content, the fellow attendees, the locationeverything met or exceeded my expectations!  Bravo!"

-Director of Communications & Creative Services, Indiana University McKinney School of Law

"This was an exceptionally valuable conference for law school communicators, since every session was targeted to our specific needs."

-Senior Director of Communications, University of Florida Levin College of Law

"My favorite part of the conference was meeting so many great colleagues and putting faces with many of the media representatives I speak with regularly."

-Director of Communications, Publishing & Creative Services, Law School Admission Council