2021 State of the First Amendment address on News Reporting, Open Records set for Nov. 17

Tom Miller

Elizabeth Woodford

The 2021 State of the First Amendment Address, sponsored by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center housed in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, will be delivered by media attorneys Tom Miller and Elizabeth Woodford, who successfully argued on behalf of the Kernel Press, Inc., publisher of the student-produced Kentucky Kernel, in a years-long open records case involving the University of Kentucky.


In March of this year, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the University acted improperly when it prevented the Kernel from obtaining records regarding its reporting of a Title IX investigation.

Miller and Woodford, both with the Lexington firm Miller, Griffin & Marks, will discuss the case University of Kentucky v. Kernel Press, Inc., and the implications of the Kentucky Open Records Act, which stipulates “free and open examination of public records” even though such examination may cause “inconvenience or embarrassment to public officials or others.”

The address is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 at 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern time via Zoom.​ The event is free and open to the public. Access to the event will be available at https://ci.uky.edu/jam/state-first-amendment-address

Information about the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism and Media is available at http://ci.uky.edu/jam/scripps-howard-first-amendment-center

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