2022 Media Lawyers Conference Agenda

2022 Media Lawyers Conference Agenda

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey
October 13, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.  – 3 p.m.


8:30 – 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


9 – 11 a.m.

RTKL and Sunshine Act Litigation Roundtable

Discuss case law developments related to the Right to Know Law and Sunshine Act and their impact on newsgathering and public access in Pennsylvania.



11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Defamation and Invasion of Privacy Update

Learn about case law developments impacting defamation and invasion of privacy practice in Pennsylvania state courts and the Third Circuit.


    • Paul Safier
      • Leach v. Taylor / Leach v. Inquirer
    • Elizabeth Seidlin-Bernstein
      • Leisten v. CBS
      • Wang v. Wiley


12 – 12:30 p.m.

Office of Open Records Update

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records will provide an update on the Office, final determination interpretations of the RTKL, survey of agency website compliance, the new online appeal portal, and more.


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.



1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Open Courts and 1st Amendment

Round table discussion about litigation involving access to court records and proceedings including former Senate candidate Sean Parnell and Penn State University, misapplication of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law and UJS Public Access Policy, and others.



2:30 – 3 p.m.

Legislative Update

The PNA Government Affairs team will provide insight on proposed legislation affecting the media industry including the Right to Know Law, Sunshine Act, anti-SLAPP efforts, Clean Slate Law, Marsy’s Law, and others.


    • Barbara Huesken
    • Melissa Melewsky