First on Tuesday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room of the Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth, Ricardo Serrano, a first-year UMass Law student from Puerto Rico, will participate in a program of the UMass Dartmouth English Department on the critical role of public radio amid natural disaster and in times of human need—specifically the role of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez student-run radio station during Hurricane Maria. Serrano was president of the radio station at the time of the hurricane and creator of the Radio Colegial podcast Fatiga Mental. No advance registration is required. From UMass Dartmouth Public Affairs:
The power of non-profit radio to sustain a community will be discussed by a panel hosted by the English Department and The Public’s Radio on Tuesday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room. Panelists include Ricardo Serrano, a UMass Law student who ran the University of Puerto Rico radio station during Hurricane Maria in 2017; Professor Lisa Maya Knauer (Sociology/Anthropology), who studies the impact of community radio in Guatemala; Professor Richard Peltz-Steele (Law); and Sally Eisele, News Editor at The Public's Radio. Full-time Lecturer Caitlin Amaral (English), a former award-winning writer and producer for WGBH Interactive in Boston, will moderate the conversation.
Next, from 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Moot Court Room of the UMass Law School, the UMass Law hosts the symposium, Navigating a New Reality: A Multi-Platform Look at Media and the Law. With compelling speakers from legal education and law practice all day long, the program will conclude in the afternoon with a keynote address from media attorney Richard P. Flaggert, a partner at DLA Piper. From DLA Piper:
A dual-qualified (US/UK) attorney and solicitor, Richard Flaggert focuses his global practice on entertainment, media, and communications matters, as well as counselling clients in intellectual property transactional matters, brand strategy and integrity, enforcement of trademark and copyright assets worldwide, prosecution and risk analysis, licensing, false advertising and new media matters.
Ric regularly negotiates and provides advice relating to talent, sponsorship, advertising, entertainment, publishing and other media issues for professional sports and sports/esports franchise and facility owners, sports media, consumer products, and technology clients. He also counsels clients with respect to licensing, and rights acquisition.
Ric regularly provides counsel to programming networks and other rights holders across a full spectrum of legal and strategic business matters, including domestic and international affiliate distribution agreements, licensing, digital, multiplatform and satellite distribution, new media, Internet, and emerging technologies, as well as FCC and other regulatory matters.
Richard is a member of various outside counsel teams, providing day-to-day oversight of branding, media, broadcasting and entertainment matters, and directs strategy for several global franchises, including at ESPN.
Advance registration free, but requested, at umasslawreview.org.