National Press Club

Class on Access to Court Records, Proceedings 10 am Oct. 21

October 19, 2009 | By Corinna Zarek |

Learn how to assert your First Amendment rights of access to court records and proceedings from media lawyer Rory Eastburg in a class at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism.

He will discuss the structure of the right to cover court proceedings (trials and pre-trial hearings), access to discovery materials in civil cases and access to court documents generally in criminal and civil cases. He will also discuss issues related to jury and grand jury secrecy and cameras in courts as well as specialized proceedings, such as extradition proceedings and military courts martial. Finally, he will discuss practical measures reporters can take to minimize secrecy in court and to access records that have been sealed.

RSVP to . The class is free to members and $10 for non-members. The Freedom of the Press Committee's educational series is co-sponsored by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.