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Press Release for Monday, June 26, 2017

Attorney and Artist Deborah Reid Discusses First Amendment/Copyright Law

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Pre-Law Program at the University of North Florida present Deborah Reid, attorney, artist and author, who will discuss copyright law and the First Amendment as it relates to the arts, in two separate lectures next month on campus. Both lectures will take place 12:40 to 4:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200.

Reid, an accomplished artist and an AV-rated attorney with more than 36 years of experience, will discuss “That’s Not Fair!” Thursday, July 6. This illustrated lecture presents an overview of copyright law followed by a game-show format incorporating exhibits from actual court cases to illustrate the application of the Fair Use Doctrine in copyright law.

Her second lecture, “Art Speaks!,” will take place Tuesday, July 18. Reid will present an overview of the First Amendment and focus on its interaction with the arts. She’ll also explain the extension of protected speech status, obscenity, hate speech, graffiti, street art and limitations on public funding.

Reid, who is based in Jacksonville, is currently at work writing and illustrating a graphic primer on law, which provides an overview of contracts, intellectual property, First Amendment rights and other areas of the law that impact the arts.

This lecture is funded by the following endowments: Brown, Terrel, Hogan Pre-Law Endowment, Rutledge P. and Katherine R. Liles Lecture Fund, Maria Keebler Child Advocacy Fund and the Coker, Schickel, Sorensen and Daniel Endowment.
Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Dr. Jenny Hager, UNF associate professor of sculpture, at (904) 620-4687 or at

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.