One-Day Law School for Journalists to be held July 30

Learn everything you need to know to cover courts in a One-Day Law School for Journalists, an online event July 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The challenge of reporting on the legal system without a law degree can be daunting. This free one-day intensive program on the court system supports journalists and others in the media who have little experience covering the courts or who want to be sure they are on top of all current issues. This program is also open to journalism, media and communication students.

This program is a collaboration between Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Please register by July 29 in order to ensure that you receive the information needed to access the online event. This information will be distributed to registrants by email.


Program on Free Speech Free for Press Club Members

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania has arranged for its members to attend a virtual lecture featuring Suzanne Nossel, author of "Dare to Speak," on Thursday, Aug. 20. 

If you are interested, please RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 12, to with your email preference. A link will then be emailed to you on Aug. 20. The link will then be available to view for one week.

Mystery Lovers Bookshop has copies of "Dare to Speak" for presale online.

In "Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All," Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open and free-wheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression. Replete with insightful arguments, colorful examples and salient advice, "Dare to Speak" brings much-needed clarity and guidance to this pressing — and often misunderstood — debate.

Suzanne Nossel is the CEO of PEN America, the foremost organization working to protect and advance human rights, free expression and literature. She has also served as the chief operating officer of Human Rights Watch and as executive director of Amnesty International USA, and held senior State Department positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Nossel frequently writes op-eds for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications, as well as a regular column for Foreign Policy magazine. She lives in New York City.

This New & Noted event is presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh with additional support from International Free Expression Project and The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.