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WVU Law Professors to Present at Journalism Seminar

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Law professors Patrick McGinley and Robert Bastress are presenting workshops at News Law Training, a seminar sponsored by the WVU College of Law, the WVU Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and the West Virginia Press Association, on Wednesday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Martin Hall.

The seminar will cover avoiding and handling subpoenas; legal issues for online and social media; privacy considerations for the media; the Freedom of Information Act and other laws to access government; and defamation law, avoiding lawsuits and handling complaints.

The cost for the seminar is $10 for West Virginia Press Association members and WVU students; $15 for the general public. Lunch and continental breakfast are included. To register, visit

McGinley is the Judge Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law. He is the co-author of the “Open Government Guide: Access to Public Records and Meetings in West Virginia,” published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. McGinley has served as a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ First Amendment Task Force, has taught courses in public access to government information and has litigated West Virginia FOIA cases on behalf of West Virginia newspapers and the Associated Press. He joined the WVU Law faculty in 1975.

Bastress is the John W. Fisher II Professor of Law and has been a member of the faculty since 1978. His scholarly interests have concentrated on constitutional law, employment law, and local government law. He is author of “The West Virginia Constitution: A Reference Guide” (Greenwood Press 1995), with a forthcoming second edition to be published by the Oxford University Press, along with numerous articles, course materials and presentations.

Also presenting workshops at News Law Training are WVU journalism professor Tom Stewartattorney Sean P. McGinley of DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC; and Ken Ward Jr., a reporter for The Charleston Gazette.

News Law Training Schedule, Oct. 23:

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Continental breakfast
10:00 – 11:00 – Workshop on privacy
11:15 – 12:15 – Workshop on online media law issues
12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch in Martin Hall
1:15 – 2:15 – Defamation and subpoenas of reporters
2:30 – 3:30 – Access to government information

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