Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information Chair
B.A. Univ. of South Carolina
J.D. Univ. of South Carolina
Jay Bender joined the faculty full time in 2006
after having taught as an adjunct periodically for 20 years.
Bender is also a member of the faculty of the University's
Bender has represented the South Carolina Press Association
and many of its member newspapers since 1980. During that time
he has played a leading role in suits that have increased protection
against libel and invasion of privacy claims, provided greater
access to courtrooms and court records, and expanded the reach
of the state's Freedom of Information Act. As a lobbyist Bender
was involved in the passage of the South Carolina Reporter's
Shield Law and amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.
Bender also represents the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.
Bender has written two books on South Carolina media law and
numerous articles on free press and open government issues.
Bender is a member of the Task Force on Electronic Access to
Court Records established by Chief Justice Jean Toal of the
South Carolina Supreme Court, and lectures frequently to press
and government groups.
|Bender is a permanent member of the Judicial
Conference of the Fourth Circuit, and during his law practice
represented, among other clients, the Catawba Indian Nation
in its suit to recover for lands taken by the State of South
At USC Bender serves on the Provost's grant review committees
and the President's committee on the future of South Carolina.
Bender was a volunteer reader on the S.C. Radio Network for
the Blind for 30 years, and would still be volunteering had
the state not discontinued this most worthwhile service for
included this photo from his motorcycle racing days to add excitement
to his profile, and not for the purpose of suggesting that he
is suited for his job because he goes fast in circles.
Room: Coliseum 4009B and Room 410 Law School
Tuesday 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Coliseum
Wednesday 2-3:30 p.m. - Coliseum
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Law School
If I am in my office, feel free to come in. Other times by appointment
Other times by appointment
Jour 303 - Media Law and Ethics