Jackson Walker Celebrates 114 Years of Service to Media Clients at MLRC London Conference


Since 1905, Jackson Walker has provide counsel to the media in every facet of the law. As the Firm celebrates 114 years of uninterrupted service to our media clients, Stacy Allen, Charles “Chip” L. Babcock, Joel R. Glover, Nancy W. Hamilton, and Robert P. Latham trekked more than 4,700 miles to attend the Media Law Resource Center’s London Conference held September 15-17, 2019.

Founded in 1980 to assist in defending and protecting free press rights under the First Amendment, the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) is a nonprofit membership organization for media companies and their defense attorneys. In addition to providing a wide range of resources on media and content law and policy issues, the MLRC works with its membership to respond to legislative and policy proposals, and speaks to the press and public on media law and First Amendment issues.


Bob Latham with Justice Breyer at the conference on Sept. 16, 2019.

Hosted biennially, the MLRC London Conference gathers more than 200 attorneys from around the world to discuss comparative developments in media law and policy, as well as features distinguished speakers from the judiciary, academia, and the press. The 2019 conference, themed “International Developments in Libel, Privacy, Newsgathering & Free Expression Law,” opened with a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and closed with a mock trial exercise—“The Trial of Julian Assange”—including Chip, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Doughty Street Chambers (London), and jury consultant Jason Bloom.

Photos courtesy of Media Law Resource Center

Leading up to the conference, Jackson Walker hosted a reception for delegates at The Tattershall Castle on the afternoon of Sunday, September 15.

“We are fortunate to be able to attend the Media Law Resource Center’s conferences every year and take part in the global conversation around freedom of the press,” said Bob, who leads Jackson Walker’s Media Law practice and is a former president of the MLRC’s Defense Counsel Section. “We look forward to continuing this relationship with the MLRC as we work every day to defend and protect the First Amendment rights of broadcasters and news organizations.”

“We are fortunate to be able to attend the Media Law Resource Center’s conferences every year and take part in the global conversation around freedom of the press.”


From left: Chip Babcock, Nancy Hamilton, Bob Latham, Stacy Allen, and Joel Glover

As a longstanding supporter of the MLRC and its Defense Counsel Section, Jackson Walker proudly served as a sponsor for the London Conference. To explore the Firm’s commitment to defending the First Amendment, visit our Media and Media Litigation practice pages.

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Since our founding in 1887, Jackson Walker has played a vital role in the growth and development of Texas business. Our attorneys have represented some of the most influential companies in the state in key industries that have shaped the course of Texas history, including railroads, oil and gas exploration, the media, and healthcare. Today, we remain firmly rooted in Texas while serving clients around the world.