After writing and publishing the article “When Must Reporters Reveal Their Sources in Illinois?” in the Illinois State Bar Journal earlier this month, Chicago Shareholder Chad Layton and Chicago Associate Emily Acosta were invited to speak about the reporters’ privilege at a writing class for 1L students at The John Marshall Law School on March 18.
Mr. Layton and Ms. Acosta discussed several topics in their article, including when a reporter can be divested of their privilege and required to disclose an anonymous source used for a news article. Mr. Layton and Ms. Acosta discussed the practical issues that can arise, in relation to this privilege, when handling a wide array of lawsuits, including defamation claims. Students in the class, which is taught by Cassiday Schade Partner Anthony Longo, are working on an assignment related to the reporters’ privilege.
Mr. Layton is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School and a litigation partner with extensive experience handling commercial litigation, products liability, employment, and other litigation matters. Mr. Layton has represented various companies, including manufacturers of medical devices, vehicles, helmets, and electrical products. Mr. Layton also has considerable experience handling trials and arbitrations.