2023 Media Lawyers Conference Agenda

2023 Media Lawyers Conference Agenda

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey
November 2, 2023 | 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.

Speakers: Discussion to be led by the attorneys of Ballard Spahr


12 – 12:30 p.m.

Office of Open Records Update

Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Executive Director Liz Wagenseller will provide an update on the office, significant final determinations of the RTKL, the online appeal portal, practice tips and more.


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.



1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Open Courts and 1st Amendment

Roundtable discussion about litigation involving access to court records and proceedings, misapplication of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law and UJS Public Access Policy, and other issues impacting newsgathering under the First Amendment.


2:30 – 3 p.m.

Legislative Update

The PNA Government Affairs team will provide updates on the General Assembly and proposed legislation impacting the media industry including the Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act, anti-SLAPP efforts, Clean Slate Law, law enforcement radio encryption and more.