Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture: The Promise and Perils of Subsidizing the Press—Legal and Policy Issues

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June 16, 2010, New York, NY

David M. SchizerThe media plays a vital role in preserving an ethical and well-functioning civil society, but with the traditional press in crisis, far fewer eyes are left to monitor and report on key issues, institutions, and global and national events. Could or should the government, then, subsidize the press? What legal issues would this raise? 

David M. Schizer, dean of Columbia Law School, will address these questions and more at the Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics titled “The Promise and Perils of Subsidizing the Press—Legal and Policy Issues.” The event will take place on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

Dean Schizer was named the fourteenth dean of Columbia Law School and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law in 2004. He was appointed at the age of thirty-five, making him the youngest dean in the school's history. As dean, he has strengthened Columbia’s support for students and graduates working in government and public interest jobs.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Dean Schizer clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1993 to 1994, and for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from 1994 to 1995. One of the nation's leading experts in tax law, Dean Schizer worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell prior to joining the Columbia Law faculty in 1998. For his ingenuity in the classroom, Columbia students awarded him the Willis L. M. Reese Prize for Excellence. Dean Schizer currently serves as co-chair of the Committee on Financial Institutions, New York State Bar Association, Tax Section. He has written more than twenty-five books and articles on taxation, financial instruments, and regulation.

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Admission to the lecture is free, but reservations are required:
email JTS or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.

The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.