Freedom of the Press and Individual Privacy


The Law School’s Masterman Institute on the First Amendment and the Fourth Estate will present a symposium, “Freedom of the Press and Individual Privacy,” from noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009.

The inaugural symposium will feature two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Lewis, who will discuss “Journalistic Freedom and Privacy: A case of relative compatibility.”

The afternoon will feature a panel discussion on “Freedom of the Press and Individual Privacy,” moderated by Alasdair Roberts, the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Law School.


  • Jonathan Albano, an attorney specializing in media law at Bingham, McCutchen LLP
  • Scott Armstrong, executive director of the Information Trust; former Washington Post reporter; co-author of The Brethren; founder of the National Security Archive
  • The Hon. Nancy Gertner, U.S. District Court Judge, District of Massachusetts
  • Eileen McNamara, professor of the Practice of Journalism, Brandeis University; Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist for the Boston Globe
  • John Reinstein, senior counsel and legal director, ACLU Massachusetts

About Anthony Lewis

As a reporter for the New York Times, Lewis covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and legal matters, including the government’s handling of the civil rights movement. He was a columnist for the Times from 1969 to December 2001.

Lewis is the author of four books: Gideon’s Trumpet, about a landmark Supreme Court case; Portrait of a Decade, about the great changes in American race relations; Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment; and Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

The Masterman Institute

Suffolk Law School alumnus Edward I. Masterman, JD ’50, LLD ’90, and his wife Sydell established The Masterman Institute on the First Amendment and the Fourth Estate to provide a forum for robust debate and exchange of ideas on freedom of the press and its attendant responsibilities.

The Institute will host a symposium each year that will bring together representatives from government, the legal profession and the press for the purpose of informing, educating and engaging those who care deeply about these issues.

Law School Professor Karen M. Blum, JD ’74, who teaches in the areas of federal courts and civil rights and liberties, is director of the Masterman Institute.


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