2020 Silha Lecture: Inconvenient Truths and Tiger Kings

The Vital Role of Documentaries Today

Dale Cohen serves as Special Counsel to FRONTLINE, the award‐winning PBS documentary series, where he counsels and leads the news team and producers on legal issues and ethical standards. He is also Director and founder of the UCLA Doc Film Legal Clinic and an adjunct professor of law. Dale has more than 35 years of experience as a media lawyer, litigator, and news executive, having served in senior roles at Radio Free Europe, NPR, Cox Enterprises and Tribune Company. 

In addition to the Clinic, Dale teaches News Media Law in the Digital Age at UCLA. His other teaching experience includes media law courses at University of North Carolina’s School of Law, Emory College, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. A frequent speaker at documentary film festivals and media law conferences, Dale is also the co-author of the textbook, Media
and the Law (2d ed., LexisNexis).

A graduate of Syracuse University with degrees in American Political Thought and Journalism, Dale’s J.D. is from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Free and open to the public. 

The event location is fluid. It will be held at Cowles Auditorium, unless University policy doesn't allow in-person events. If Dale can't travel, but attendees can still gather at Cowles, his lecture will be projected on the big screen. If the Lecture can't take place in person at all, it will be a virtual lecture and a link will be provided. Time is subject to change. 

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Cowles Auditorium or online

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