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15 Jan 2012, 2:16 pm by SierraMarie
Image:  Northwest Justice Project Do I Want to Do This? When deciding where to begin my investigation into the world of public service law, I decided that the best person to speak to would be one who’s job is to advise students on their public interest career options.  Aline Carton Listfjeld is the assistant director at the University of Washington Center for Public Service Law. When I contacted her for an interview, she sounded… [read post]
5 Jul 2012, 9:30 am by David Silverman
  The FCC has announced that the obligation for television broadcast stations to post their public inspection files online will become effective August 2, 2012, absent a stay requested by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which has appealed the rule to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Absent a stay, the rule requires full power and Class A television stations to post any NEW public file documents online at an FCC-hosted website as of August 2nd.  Those broadcasters… [read post]
5 Jul 2012, 9:30 am by David Silverman
  The FCC has announced that the obligation for television broadcast stations to post their public inspection files online will become effective August 2, 2012, absent a stay requested by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which has appealed the rule to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Absent a stay, the rule requires full power and Class A television stations to post any NEW public file documents online at an FCC-hosted website as of August… [read post]
12 Jul 2012, 11:07 am by David Silverman
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9 Jan 2012, 11:29 am by David Oxenford
The FCC has extended the comment deadline in two proceedings looking at imposing new public interest obligations on TV broadcasters (and potentially, at some point in the future, on radio stations as well).  Both proceedings are an outgrowth of the FCC's Future of Media Report, that suggested that broadcasters be made to be more responsive to their communities through better documentation of how they are meeting their public interest obligations.  We mentioned in our post on January FCC deadlines… [read post]
15 Dec 2011, 6:13 am by David Oxenford
The FCC's proposal to replace the never-implemented Form 355 with a new form to document the public interest programming of television broadcasters (to eventually be expanded to include radio operators) was published in today's Federal Register - setting January 17 as the comment date for those interested in telling the FCC what they think of the proposed new form.  We summarized the FCC's proposals for the content of the new form in our article here.  This form would also replace quarterly issues… [read post]
6 Oct 2011, 3:20 pm by David Oxenford
Online public files, detailed reports about virtually every program aired on a television station as to its source and whether it addressed various types of perceived community interests, and other paperwork requirements that would have required most television stations to hire a new employee just to deal with the burden, were all part of mandatory television public interest reporting requirements adopted by the FCC back in 2007 (see our articles here and here on these reports on FCC Form 355). … [read post]
12 Jun 2012, 8:57 am by Leland E. Beck
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated and remanded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Nonconformance Penalties for On-Highway Heavy Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines interim final rule (IFR) because EPA failed to satisfy any of the statutory criteria for “good cause” under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).  Mack Trucks v. EPA.  This short story of best intentions gone bad does not add appreciably to the law except as a warning to… [read post]
3 Jan 2012, 7:15 pm by David Oxenford
In addition to the normal FCC deadlines for routine filings, January brings the deadline for comments in a number of FCC proceedings, and a filing window for new FM applications.  For TV stations, the Commission recently extended to January 17 the Reply Comment deadline on its proposals (summarized here) for an online public inspection file.  Many public interest groups have supported the FCC's proposals to put the public file online, including the political file and new information concerning… [read post]
27 Oct 2011, 8:42 am by David Oxenford
At its meeting today, the FCC vacated its 2007 Order mandating an online public file and the filing of the Form 355 “Enhanced Disclosure” form that detailed the public interest service of television broadcasters. But these requirements are not gone, as the Commission has adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking to reinstate an obligation for an online public file, and a Notice of Inquiry is apparently circulating at the FCC that would propose a substitute for the Form 355. The… [read post]
1 Nov 2009, 7:09 pm by David Oxenford
The Commission is worried about the future of the broadcast media, and they are trying to figure out what they can do.  The last two weeks have been full of news about actions being taken by the FCC which may or may not lead to a reshaping of broadcasting as we know it.  We wrote about the discussion of re-purposing some or all of the television spectrum for wireless broadband users.  We also told you about the workshops to be held this week as the first step in the Commission's Quadrennial… [read post]
22 Nov 2011, 6:48 am by David Oxenford
The FCC has set the date for comments on the proposal for television stations to maintain an online public inspection file, including an online political file (see Federal Register notice here).  Comments are due on December 22.  Replies are due on January 6.  Happy Holidays from the FCC!  We summarized the FCC's proposals here and here.  While the proposed new rules will relieve stations from the burden of hosting the files themselves (as the FCC is proposing to host all of the files on its… [read post]
6 Jan 2010, 8:24 am by Sergio Stone
Article available on SSRN: Staying Alive: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin America Stephen Melli http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1518002 Abstract: This paper explores the current state of public interest lawyering in three Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Based on a series of open-ended interviews with lawyers, judges and social movement activists, it compares public interest lawyering in these countries now with [...] [read post]
29 Jul 2012, 12:43 pm by David Silverman
On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit followed the FCC's lead in denying the NAB's request for stay of the requirement for TV stations to post their public inspection files online.  Accordingly, that rule goes into effect on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Effective that date, TV stations should post all new public file documents online in the FCC database created for this purpose.  Stations will have six months in which to post pre-existing public file documents into that… [read post]
3 Nov 2012, 12:05 pm by SierraMarie
Image:  Lauren Peach I’ve wanted for some time now to interview a lawyer who worked with veterans in a legal public service capacity. Strangely enough it was a rather difficult position to locate. There are a plethora of organizations and governmental bodies tasked with aiding veterans, but they all seemed to be staffed with social workers and nurses, rather than lawyers. Interviewing Lauren Peach  I found Lauren Peach on… [read post]
23 Nov 2009, 8:04 pm by Ms. JD
/**/ Editor's Note: Ms. JD's annual conference, Avenues to Advancement, was held November 20-21 in Chicago. These are five tips from the Avenues to Public Interest panel. 1. Don't limit yourself geographically. Public interest offices are often located in areas near theclients they serve. Geographic flexibility can significantly increase yourchances of finding an internship, fellowship, or career in your interest area. 2. Show your commitment. Personalize your application package, listing… [read post]
15 May 2012, 8:54 pm by SierraMarie
Image:  Olympia, WA Capitol Building For this month’s public interest career spotlight I spoke with Kelly Pfundheller, non-partisan counsel for the Washington State House Committee on Local Government. I met Kelly when she came to give a presentation to my class on the bill creation process. She had the kind of bubbly enthusiasm about her work that I usually identify with people trying to convince me that World of Warcraft builds… [read post]
20 Apr 2010, 4:07 pm by Cal Law
[Cynthia Foster] When Andrew Andinger was deferred from Orrick, he entered into the "whirlwind process" of finding a public interest outfit where he could spend the year. He landed at the Public Interest Law Project in Oakland and has been blogging about his experience over at The Am Law Daily.Andinger is a pretty upbeat guy, judging from his posts, and has a positively rosy outlook on his experience. In one post, he mused on the contrast between Orrick and PILP, but settled on calling them both… [read post]
28 Oct 2011, 7:32 am by David Oxenford
The full text of the FCC's Order overturning its 2007 decision on online public inspection files for TV broadcasters and the adoption of the Form 355 "enhanced disclosure form" has now been released.  This order, adopted at the FCC's open meeting this week (held on October 27, 2011, which we wrote about here), also contains a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking again suggesting an online public file, but this time it would be one hosted by the FCC.  In reading the full text, more details of… [read post]
14 Feb 2012, 12:29 pm by cmulder
Image:  img_1147.jpg Hello again!  Through an odd quirk, I wound up interviewing Leah Boyd, who also worked for IJM, the organization from last month, so I'll skip the general background information this time. Please shoot me an e-mail at carissa.mulder@gmail.com if you would like to be interviewed for the blog or have any questions you'd like me to ask. Cheers! Leah's Background: I grew up on a farm in Kansas, went to Azusa Pacific… [read post]