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Baron Harris Healey Plays Active Role at ABA Communications Law Conference

February 2021

In addition to serving as a sponsor of the 26th annual ABA Forum on Communications Law conference, Baron Harris Healey lawyers contributed in various ways during the five-day event.

Every year, media lawyers from around the country come together for the Forum conference. This year, the conference was held virtually, but it featured the same cutting-edge content on issues in defamation, privacy, commercial speech, freedom of information, data collection and use, FCC regulation, and First Amendment law. 

Steve Baron, Natalie Harris, and Brendan Healey presented on Hot Issues in Advertising. Their presentation, which they informally titled “The Magic of Advertising Law,” featured magic tricks from The Great Baroni (aka, Steve Baron), and Natalie Harris served as the master of ceremonies.

It wasn’t all fun and games, though. Steve, Natalie, and Brendan provided updates on developments in the law regarding right of publicity, sports betting, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and social bots. All three have spoken on the Advertising panel in the past, and this year the panel consisted entirely of BHH lawyers.

Natalie was also asked to speak during the anti-SLAPP breakout session on her groundbreaking Illinois anti-SLAPP victory in the Brettman v. Franks case. In Brettman v. Franks, Natalie helped her client achieve an extremely rare victory for a movant under the Illinois anti-SLAPP statute.

Finally, Natalie served as a judge for three sessions of the 13th Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, and Brendan scored participant briefs for the moot court competition.

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