The Center / Benefactor / Advisory Board / Director / Staff
Like donor Joan Tully, Gutterman worked at The Daily Orange, became a journalist and went on to become a lawyer. He earned two Syracuse University degrees: a journalism degree from the Newhouse School and a law degree from the College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. He formerly worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, as a clerk for a New Jersey Superior Court judge and as an attorney.
Gutterman has written and spoken about media law, legal education and writing issues in several countries. His book, “L.Rev: the Law Review Experience in American Legal Education” (Academica Press, 2002), is in law school libraries around the world.
The generous bequest to fund the Tully Center for Free Speech came from Joan A. Tully, a 1969 alumna of the Newhouse School. Tully once described herself as a journeyman journalist. But she was far more than that. Her career spanned the worlds of media, law and business.
As a student at Syracuse University, Tully worked at The Daily Orange. She once remarked that she would never forget her first story—students struggling to maintain good grades to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War. She worked her way up to the position of features editor.
Tully’s professional career began at the AP Dow Jones Newswire in New York City. She went on to create a new home furnishings magazine and later edited weekly newspapers in New Jersey.
In the mid-1970s, Tully lived in Belgium, where she was the managing editor of the Brussels Times. She freelanced on projects ranging from a cartoon strip about quality control for Levi’s jeans, an article on environmental issues and publications about multinational corporations. For most of her professional life she used her married name, Joan Infarinato.
In the 1980s, while a senior editor at Ladies Home Journal, Tully attended Fordham University School of Law. As a member of the Fordham Law Review, she wrote an article on copyrighting transitional works of art, reflecting on artist Christo’s running fence and styling photographs in magazines. She completed her law degree in 1983 and joined the prestigious law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, specializing in First Amendment issues. After practicing law in New York and Boston, she moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she worked in real estate and began an antique textile business.
Tully loved designing and maintaining gardens, actively supported farm preservation and never missed reading The New York Times. In 2005, at the age of 58, she died of a brain tumor.
Special project assistant
As the special project assistant at the Newhouse School, Burian lends support to faculty members who are working on special projects. Her job is multifaceted as she helps facilitate a diverse array of events and programs at the Newhouse School. She has worked for the Tully Center since it was established in 2006 and it is now one of the primary components of her position.
Sierra Holland is a Master’s student in the Media Studies program at the Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her research interests include diversity in entertainment media and LGBTQ+ issues in the music industry. She hopes to be a media researcher in podcasting or work in production management for a television or film studio.
Undergraduate student representative
Meaghan Brady is a senior at Syracuse University, pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science, as well as a minor in Public Communications Studies from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is a student advisor and holds positions in both her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, and Syracuse’s dance marathon, OttoTHON. After graduation, she hopes to have a career in media and politics.
Jennifer Borg – North Jersey Media Group
Jennifer Borg is the former general counsel and vice president of North Jersey Media Group Inc. North Jersey published more than 50 magazines and newspapers, including the award-winning daily newspaper, The Record, as well as the news website, NorthJersey.com. The publications were sold to Gannett in 2016.
As head of the legal department, Borg handled all First Amendment issues and right-of-access claims, as well as all licensing and copyright concerns for the company. She also handled the company’s litigation and transactional matters.
Borg has been involved in major copyright issues, such as the licensing of the iconic photograph taken by Thomas E. Franklin of The Record showing three firefighters raising an American flag at Ground Zero.
Borg is also president of the Foundation for Northern New Jersey, which she founded in 2002 to assist those who suffered losses as a result of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Upon receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, Borg worked for Breed, Abbott & Morgan for three years before accepting a position at Proskauer Rose LLP as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment department. Proskauer Rose is an international firm with practices in mergers and acquisitions, taxation, finance and other areas of corporate law, including labor and employment. Borg joined North Jersey in 1995 as vice president of human resources and general counsel. In 1998, she also took on the title of corporate secretary.
Keith Bybee – College of Law, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Keith J. Bybee is the Vice Dean and the Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor at the College of Law. He also holds a tenured appointment in political science at the Maxwell School. He edits the subject matter journal Law, Politics, and the Media published by SSRN.com and the book series Law, Politics, and the Media published by Stanford University Press. He served a three-year term as president of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.
Bybee’s teaching interests include law and courts, the politics of race and ethnicity, LGBT rights, American politics, political philosophy and the media. His articles have appeared in a number of academic journals. He is the author of “Mistaken Identity: The Supreme Court and the Politics of Minority Representation” (Princeton University Press, 1998; second printing, 2002), an examination of the theories of political identity at stake in the debate over race-conscious redistricting. He is also editor of “Bench Press: The Collision of Courts, Politics, and the Media” (Stanford University Press, 2007), a collection of essays on the current state of judicial independence written by legal scholars, sitting judges and working journalists. He is also the author of “All Judges Are Political — Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law” (Stanford University Press, 2010).
Bybee earned an his A.B. in politics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. Before coming to Syracuse in 2002, he was a faculty member in the Department of Government at Harvard University. From 2002 to 2008, Bybee held the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics in the Maxwell School.
Aileen Gallagher ’99 – Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Aileen Gallagher is an associate professor of magazine at the Newhouse School and a former senior editor for New York Magazine online. During her tenure there, she shared several National Magazine Awards with her colleagues, including General Excellence Online. She led the Grub Street food blog network from 2007-2010; the flagship site, Grub Street New York, was a James Beard Award finalist in 2010.
Prior to joining New York, Gallagher was a founding editor of the independent online magazine, The Black Table. Her writing has appeared in various print and online outlets, including Vulture, Bust, the New York Post, the New York Law Journal, Mediabistro, TheStreet.com and many others. She is also the author of several children’s nonfiction books about topics ranging from hepatitis to the Japanese Red Army.
Michael Grygiel – Committee on Media Law, New York State Bar Association
Michael Grygiel is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Albany office. In his national media law practice, Grygiel defends news and entertainment organizations from newsgathering- and publication-related claims, including defamation, copyright infringement and invasion of privacy matters. He also represents media companies and other clients in complex Lanham Act, trade secret and Internet-related litigation and counseling. He has served as lead trial counsel to media and other clients in bet-the-company litigation, including a nationally watched news aggregation copyright case and a trade libel action against a major medical device manufacturing company. He is experienced in representing the press in a wide range of matters involving applications for access to civil and criminal court proceedings and records, and in freedom of information law cases in both federal and state courts.
Prior to his career in private practice, he was the director of the Arthur Levitt Public Policy Center at Hamilton College, where his teaching specialty was First Amendment and constitutional law.
Roy Gutterman ’93, L’00 – Tully Center for Free Speech, Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Roy S. Gutterman is an associate professor of communications law and journalism and director of the Tully Center for Free Speech.
He returned to Newhouse in the spring of 2005 as a visiting professor of communications law. A graduate of the Newhouse school, Gutterman teaches courses in media and communications law and newswriting to undergraduate and graduate students.
At Newhouse, Gutterman was the 2009-10 director of the Carnegie Legal Reporting Program. He also works with the Society of Professional Journalists chapter and serves on academic integrity committees.
After graduating from Newhouse, Gutterman worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, covering local and state government, crime, legal issues and general news.
Gutterman also graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Law, where he served as editor in chief of the law review. After law school, he clerked for a New Jersey Superior Court judge and practiced business and general litigation.
While at Syracuse, Gutterman also worked at The Boston Globe, The Courier-News in Bridgewater, New Jersey, The Post-Standard and The Daily Orange.
Gutterman writes and speaks on media law, free speech, the intersection between courts and journalists as well as legal education issues. His book, “L.Rev: the Law Review Experience in American Legal Education” (Academica Press 2002), is in law school libraries around the world.
In the summer of 2010, he delivered lectures at the Communication University of China in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai.
His areas of expertise include the First Amendment, Media Law and Communications Law.
Joel Kaplan – Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Joel Kaplan is the associate dean of professional graduate studies at the Newhouse School, where he teaches advanced reporting and communications law. Prior to joining the Newhouse faculty, he covered city hall for The Chicago Tribune and was a member of the newspaper’s investigative team. From 1979 to 1986, he was a reporter for The Tennessean in Nashville, where he covered the state legislature. In 1986, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for a series on then U.S. Rep. Bill Boner.
He is a co-author of “Murder of Innocence: The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann” (Warner Books). The movie version of that book originally was broadcast on CBS. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1985) and a Journalism Fellow at Yale Law School (1991), where he received a master’s in the study of law. He also holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois. He is a former treasurer and board member of Investigative Reporters & Editors.
David Marburger ’76 – BakerHostetler
David Marburger, a partner in the Cleveland office of BakerHostetler, is an authority on litigating legal issues arising from the content side of communications and litigating issues of constitutional law.
Marburger has handled more than 20 cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, the state’s highest court. He has litigated more than 250 libel cases, challenged the constitutionality of more than 35 laws and court orders, defended against over two dozen prior restraints, sued for access more than 50 times to open the files and proceedings of state, local and federal government agencies and courts and defended and pursued dozens of copyright claims.
Marburger co-authored “Access with Attitude,” a 350-page “advocate’s guide to freedom of information in Ohio,” published by Ohio University Press. He and his brother Daniel, a professor of economics, wrote a nationally-publicized 70-page white paper concluding that unexpected side effects of the federal copyright law have combined with the unique qualities of the Internet and inevitable laws of economics to threaten the survival of any firm that originates daily written news reports online. The Los Angeles Times published a condensed version of their analysis and the Associated Press Society of Ohio recognized Marburger “for serving with exceptional distinction and honor and upholding the highest ideals of journalism.”
Working pro bono, Marburger has drafted extensive amendments to Ohio’s open records and open meetings statutes, which the General Assembly enacted. The Ohio Attorney General appointed him to a two-year task force to conduct a comprehensive study of Ohio’s freedom of information laws.
Every year since 1995, he has been named by his peers as one of the best First Amendment lawyers in the country in The Best Lawyers in America. Inside Business magazine named him one of the leading lawyers in northeast Ohio and the Society of Professional Journalists recognized him with the “Best Defense of the First Amendment” award.
A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and the University of Pittsburgh Law School, he was a broadcast journalist in a top 10 market before becoming a lawyer.
LaVonda Reed – College of Law, Syracuse University
LaVonda N. Reed is an associate professor of law at the Syracuse University College of Law. She teaches Communications Law, Property and Wills & Trusts. Reed has published numerous scholarly works and law review articles addressing broadcast ownership, political broadcast advertisements and placement of satellite dishes and clean energy devices. In 2007, she was named a fellow with the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media at Syracuse University. Her paper “Political Advertisements in the Era of Fleeting Indecent Images and Utterances” was published in the St. John’s Law Review.
Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University, Reed taught at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and was an attorney in private practice with the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Her areas of practice included telecommunications and corporate law.
Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Southern California. Upon law school graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She also is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She serves on the executive committee of the Section on Mass Communications Law of the Association of American Law Schools, as well as on a number of other committees and advisory boards.
Kurt Wimmer G’85, L’85 – Covington and Burling
Kurt Wimmer is a partner concentrating in technology and media law, as well as intellectual property and data privacy. Wimmer’s practice focuses on representing digital media, television, mobile, publishing and new technology companies. His work includes strategic content ventures, copyright protection and strategy, content liability and newsgathering advice and litigation, television and digital content licensing transactions, privacy and data protection and international law. He also represents companies and associations on public policy matters before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and international governmental entities, including representation of a 70-member media coalition seeking passage of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he was senior vice president and general counsel of Gannett Co. Inc., and was managing partner of Covington’s London office from 2000 to 2003.
Wimmer’s clients include Microsoft, Yahoo, The Washington Post Company, Newsweek, National Geographic, Gannett and Pearl Mobile DTV Co., as well as the National Association of Broadcasters and the Newspaper Association of America. He also has advised journalists, associations and legislators in more than two dozen countries concerning new media laws, protection of journalists and freedom of information. He is chair of the First Amendment Advisory Council of the Media Institute and the D.C. Bar Committee on Media Law, and is a member of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and past chair of its Defense Counsel Section.
He earned a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a master’s degree from the Newhouse School. He is also a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.
The Tully Center for Free Speech was established at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in Fall 2006. The center promotes and supports free speech through research, education and a series of events, including the annual Tully Award for Free Speech.
The Newhouse School prepares students for careers in journalism, media and communications, industries in which free speech is critical.