Peter J. Pizzi Joins NYSBA’s “Advocating for the Rule of Law” Program

June 4, 2021 in Client Alerts, Firm News

NYSBA’s Advocating for the Rule of Law Program Focuses on Social Media, Fair Elections and Civics Education.

On June 3, 2021, the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section sponsored a three-part program titled Advocating for the Rule of Law.  Peter J Pizzi, co-chair of the Section’s Privacy Data Security and Information Technology Committee, served on the steering committee for the program, assembled the lead-off panel on The Press, Social Media and the Rule of Law, and introduced the topic and panel comprising Dana Green, Senior Counsel at The New York Times, Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, Kate Klonick is an Assistant Professor at St John’s Law School and Olivier Sylvain Professor of Law at Fordham Law School where he is and Director of the McGannon Center for Communications Research.

A main topic for the first panel was the immunity from liability granted to social media under current U.S. law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Pizzi has spoken in prior panels on this area of law, and has a forthcoming law review article in the IADC Defense Counsel Journal, which will be published in July.

Jeh Johnson served as keynote speaker for the June 3 program. Other panels addressed Free and Fair Elections, Gerrymandering and the Rule of Law and Educating for the Rule of Law with luminaries in each field participating. A recording of the program will be available at the NYSBA website shortly.

For more information about Section 230 and present legislative proposals to change the statute, please contact Peter J. Pizzi at [email protected] or (973)757-1011.