Longtime media attorney, First Amendment expert Jonathan Buchan to give Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 14

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Jonathan Buchan of Essex Richards P.A. will give the Wake Forest University annual Constitution Day lecture at noon on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Law, the longtime media lawyer and business litigator has represented The Charlotte Observer and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He will address, “Free Speech Under Siege: The Importance of Freedom of the Press in a Free Society.” The event, which includes a light lunch, is open to all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff.

For more than three decades, Buchan has represented clients in a wide range of civil litigation, including financial services and contract disputes. A resident of Charlotte, he has represented a variety of news organizations in First Amendment, newsroom and business-related litigation.

In 2016, Buchan represented nine national and North Carolina news organizations in successfully seeking access to the Charlotte police dash cam videos related to the Keith Scott shooting. He also represented a South Carolina newspaper in its appeal of a substantial verdict in a libel case.

Constitution Day is a campus-wide event hosted by Wake Forest Law’s American Constitution Society. With the national organization’s assistance, the ACS is proud to host Buchan for Constitution Day 2017, ACS leaders say.

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