PNA Calendar of Events

Reporters’ Series: The Legal Buzz on Drones

  • Date: Oct 04, 2013 - Oct 04, 2013
  • Address: Webinar
  • Contact: Kathleen Landis
  • Email:
  • Phone: 717-703-3012

Unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones – are a hot topic.  Drones equipped with still and video cameras have caught the attention of journalists as well as public officials and citizens.  State House Bill 452 is pending which aims to define criminal surveillance.  Drone conferences are being held.  University journalism programs are starting drone labs.

As the news media industry explores drones as newsgathering tools, there are many legal questions and concerns to consider.  From privacy, trespassing and liability issues to local ordinances forbidding aerial surveillance to FAA rules and certification, what should you think about before purchasing a drone?  Legal experts will weigh in during this inexpensive and convenient webinar.  Join us Oct. 4, for information and answers!

Webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon.  Cost: $10 per login/phone line for PNA members.  $20 for non-members.  To register, email Kathleen Landis or phone her at 717-703-3012.


Michael Berry, Esq., Partner,  Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP
For over a decade, Mike has represented news, entertainment, and other media clients in defamation and privacy suits, fought for the right of the press and public to access government and court records, defended reporters who are subpoenaed, and advised clients on newsgathering and other First Amendment matters. He has litigated cases for media clients in federal and state courts throughout the country. For example, in recent years, Mike successfully defended two newspapers at trial, advocated for the media's right to tweet from court, and defeated an effort to subpoena reporters' sources as part of an inquiry into alleged grand jury leaks. Mike speaks frequently on matters affecting the freedom of the press, and his writings about First Amendment issues have appeared in a variety of publications. Mike previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and worked on Capitol Hill for the late Senator Paul D. Coverdell (R. Ga.). Mike joined LSKS when the firm opened its Philadelphia office in 2005. He previously practiced law at Dechert LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s media law and white collar criminal defense practice groups. 

Nabiha Syed, Esq., Associate, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP
Nabiha represents media clients in a wide range of content-related matters. Prior to joining LSKS, she was the First Amendment Fellow in The New York Times Company’s legal department, where she counseled reporters on legal issues in newsgathering and litigated access to courts and freedom-of-information issues. Nabiha co-founded and served as director of Yale Law School's media law clinic. In that capacity, she successfully briefed and argued several open records cases. Following Nabiha’s graduation from Yale, she received a Marshall Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where she studied comparative approaches to libel, copyright, and freedom of information.

This is part of a series of sessions being made available through the PNA Foundation’s Reporters’ Series.  The Reporters’ Series is meant to provide an educational, non-partisan forum for in-depth exploration of important and timely policy issues impacting the Commonwealth. Through these inexpensive and convenient teleconference sessions, you can simply phone in and listen to experts explain the particulars of a policy topic or pending legislation.  Straight facts that will help you better understand and cover an issue and its effect on your community and readers. Pension reform, prevailing wages, hunting and game issues, transportation funding, the budget and more are being considered.

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