Press Club presents program on press freedom and litigation

University of Akron School of Law Professor Mike Gentithes will discuss “100 Years of Press Freedom: Where Free Press Litigation Leads, Society Follows” in a virtual Akron Press Club program at noon Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

He will talk about how defamation, prior restraint and censorship cases brought changes in law and to the broader society. He also may offer thoughts on how future free press litigation could perform a similar role.

Gentithes’s teaching and research focuses on criminal procedure, constitutional law, legal theory and legal research and writing.

He joined the Akron faculty in 2019.

Previously, Gentithes was a visiting assistant professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He practiced as an assistant appellate defender in the Office of the State Appellate Defender, where he represented indigent clients in criminal appeals throughout Illinois. Gentithes was also a clerk on the Illinois Appellate Court, an assistant corporation counsel for the Chicago Law Department and a litigation associate for Kraus & Zucklewski LLP.

Gentithes earned an LLM degree in legal theory from New York University School of Law, his JD degree from DePaul University College of Law and his BA from Colgate University. He was born and raised in Warren, Ohio.

The Akron Press Club has not been able to hold traditional lunch programming during the current pandemic. Funds from these lunches go toward scholarships for journalism and public relations students. Please consider a donation to the Akron Press Club to fund scholarships. You can donate by following the link on the registration page for this event.

Speaker: Professor Mike Gentithes

Date: Noon, Wednesday, October 20

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The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students.