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Jane Kirtley

Jane Kirtley (BSJ75, MSJ76) is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. She also is Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. Her research area is media law. She teaches courses in Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press, Mass Communication Law, Internet Law and Comparative Media Law.

Kirtley received her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She joined the University in 1999. Kirtley was executive director (1985–1999) of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C. She was an attorney with the law firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle for five years. She was an adjunct professor at American University School of Communications (1988–1998). Kirtley was a distinguished visiting professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston for Spring Semester 2004.