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Through his role as an advisor to one of Germany’s state television networks and as a member of the German commission for the control of media concentration, Kübler hopes to continue to mitigate the effects of European Time Warner/Viacom-type aspirants. Kübler has called for a German legal framework structured to foster and advocate for the professional responsibility of journalists.
Law students can earn joint J.D./M.A. degrees in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. The Annenberg Center for Public Policy is emerging as another locus for invigorating research at Penn. The Public Policy Center addresses public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels in such areas as information and society, media and the developing mind, media and the dialogue of democracy, and communication and health policy.
The Center for Public Policy’s radio program Justice Talking is co-sponsored by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The show tapes debates at Carpenter’s Hall in the Independence Mall complex that air nationwide on National Public Radio. Going into its third season this Fall, the program is designed to provide a forum for civic debate around contemporary issues in constitutional law. Each program is formatted as a debate between knowledgeable attorneys who are actively engaged in the issue at hand. Several Penn Law faculty have been called on and have participated in these heated and informative debates.
The addition of Nathaniel Persily Assistant Professor of Law to the Law School’s faculty this year adds to our connections to the Annenberg School and, in particular, its public policy program. Before joining the Law School, Persily was Associate Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, affiliated with NYU School of Law, where he specialized in voting rights and election law. In addition to filing Supreme Court amicus briefs in Bush v. Gore and California Democratic Party v. Jones, Persily was one of the lawyers who represented Senator John McCain in his successful challenge to the 2000 New York Republican presidential primary ballot access laws. Throughout the 2000 presidential election controversy, he was an election law analyst for ABC News Radio, FoxNews television, and several other national and local radio and television programs. (See full profile in Faculty Notes & Publications, page 3)
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