Discussion on media, public use of mobile devices in courtrooms, Jan. 23

A First Amendment Coalition of Arizona panel discussion will focus on the impact of Arizona Supreme Court Rule 122.1, governing the use of mobile devices in courtrooms, on news reporting and the public.

The discussion, “Mobile Devices and Camera in Courtrooms — New Rules and Challenges,” is to be held 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the University of Arizona Education Building, Room 211, 1430 E. Second St., Tucson. All Arizona journalists and journalism students are invited. Admission is free and the workshop is open to the public. A continental breakfast is to be served at 8:30 a.m.

The panel’s moderator will be Phoenix media law attorney¬†Daniel C. Barr (right) of the firm of Perkins Coie LLP, who is also counsel to the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona.¬†http://arizonafoi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/danbarr_photo.jpg

Panelists:

  • Cathie Batbie, news director at KVOA-TV (Channel 4-NBC), Tucson.
  • Amelia Craig Cramer, chief deputy Pima County Attorney and former president of the State Bar of Arizona.
  • Patrick McNamara, courts reporter, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson.
  • Scott Rash (above right), Pima County Superior Court judge.
  • Sally Simmons (below right), presiding judge of the Pima County Superior Court and former president of the State Bar of Arizona.

Parking is available for a fee in the Second Street Garage, which is immediately west of the Education Building. Click here for parking information and map.

The discussion is presented with the welcome assistance of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, David Cuillier, director. It is funded by a grant from the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

Questions should be directed to coalition board member Mark Scarp, phoenixspj@cox.net.