Kirtley Named 2003 Distinguished Visiting Professor


BOSTON, MA - Jane Kirtley, prolific author, noted commentator and speaker, has joined Suffolk University Law School as the distinguished visiting professor for the spring semester. Professor Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, serves as director of the Silha Center and is an affiliated faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School. Previously, she served for 14 years as the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Virginia, and practiced law with the law firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle in Washington, DC.

Professor Kirtley speaks frequently on First Amendment and Freedom of Information issues, both in the United States and abroad, composes articles for law reviews and media publications and writes the “First Amendment Watch” column for the American Journalism Review. While at Suffolk University Law School, Kirtley will be teaching courses in Information Privacy and Mass Communications Law.

For nearly 100 years, Suffolk University Law School, in the heart of downtown Boston, has remained one of the most respected names in legal education. Its expansive curriculum -- more than 200 upper-level elective courses, specialty concentrations, joint-degree programs and an LL.M. in global technology -- enables students to gain a strong academic foundation. A wide range of hands-on experience, including clinical programs, internships and moot court competitions, provides students the practical skills necessary to succeed. Suffolk Law's diverse and supportive community comes together in Sargent Hall, which was dedicated in 1999 and is among the country's most inspiring, modern and technologically advanced settings for the study of law.

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