Media Coverage

First Amendment Forum on Nevada's News Shield Law, Other Protections for the Press

February 7, 2024

Ashley I. Kissinger, of counsel for Ballard Spahr, was a guest speaker for the Reynolds School of Journalism on February 26, 2024, for their annual First Amendment Speaker Series. Nevada Today covered the event, where Ashley was joined by the chief legal officer of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Inc. for the discussion: "Examining Press Freedom: Are Reporters’ Legal Protections at Risk?'

The conversation was moderated by Patrick File, an associate professor of media law at the Reynolds School, and covered the 2023 Nevada Supreme Court ruling that determined Nevada’s “News Shield Law” applies even when a reporter is deceased. The ruling to protect reporters’ rights resulted from the court’s decision that police were not permitted to search the electronic devices of murdered Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German. Ashley is lead outside counsel for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and represented them during the case.

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