Legal Training

Legal Training

Legal Training for Reporters | May 9, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.–1 p.m.
Associated Bank Conference Room
Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce
601 7th St N, La Crosse, Wisconsin

This year’s session will focus on ongoing issues surrounding trespassing and private property and open meetings and records while also guiding reporters on a host of new issues surrounding emerging technology. Topics include: 

  • Trespass & Private Property
    • What constitutes private property (federal, state and municipal rules)
    • Penalties for trespassing
    • Guidelines for identifying public vs. private property
  • Open Meetings and Records
    • When you should have access
    • Differences between county and city
    • How to request access
    • What to do when public officials are not forthcoming or close meetings improperly
  • Emerging Technology Issues
    • Social media (copyright, fair use, trolls and inappropriate comments)
    • Viral video (what you can and cannot use, rules for livestreaming, body-cam video)
    • Drones (rules about drones, issues with local law enforcement, legal footing for reporters)
  • New Statutes & How to Stay Up-to-Date
  • Your Rights as a Reporter and Language to Use When Challenged


Presenters include Johns, Flaherty & Collins attorneys Brent Smith, Cheryl Gill and Joe Veenstra.

Pizza and drinks will be provided. We will also have copies of the Wisconsin State Bar’s News Reporter’s Legal Handbook for those who request a copy at the time of registration. We should note that the most recent update was in 2013.

There is no fee to attend but registration is requested by Friday, May 4. Please complete the form below or call Marilyn at 608-784-5678 to register.