Oct 1, 2010

Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media names deputy director (ME!)

For immediate release: Sept. 27, 2010

Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media names deputy director
Attorney holds degrees from Vassar College and Syracuse University
RENO, Nev. – Eric Robinson, an attorney with experience in media and Internet law, has been named deputy director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media, part of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He begins in Reno Oct. 1. 
The center, managed by the Reynolds School in collaboration with the National Judicial College, is the only organization devoted to resolving conflicts between competing constitutional guarantees free speech and open courts, and fair trials. 

“Eric’s essential experience in First Amendment law will be valuable to the center as we develop training curricula, education materials that judges and journalists will find useful as they fulfill the expectations of their respective roles,” said Ben Holden, director.

Robinson will oversee Reynolds Courts and Media Law Journal, a new scholarly journal that will explore emerging issues such as the impact of social media on courts.

“The issues involving the courts and the media have moved beyond issues such as ‘cameras in the courtroom,’ to include new issues involving use of the Internet and other new communication technologies in our courts,” Robinson said.  

Robinson previously was staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center in New York, where he tracked and analyzed litigation and legal issues involving the media and the Internet. He also has published articles in The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment and the Journal of Internet Law, and is a regular blog contributor for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Robinson has worked in federal, state and local government, and previously worked as an editor and reporter for community newspapers in the New York City area. 

The Reynolds School of Journalism is the state's only accredited journalism school. 

Most of the funding for the center comes from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas, the journalism school's biggest benefactor.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States and has made grants totaling more than $100 million through its National Journalism Initiative.

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Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has an enrollment of nearly 17,000 students. The University is home to one the country’s largest study-abroad programs and the state’s medical school, and offers outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties. For more information, visit


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