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Jay Bender
Visiting Professor
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 Law School.

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 Carolina.

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 blind citizens.

 
Jay Bender
Bender has 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.
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Jay Bender
E-mail: jbender@sc.edu

Office:
Phone: 803.777.3320
Fax: 803.777.4103
Room: Coliseum 4009B and Room 410 Law School

Office Hours:
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

Syllabi:
Jour 303
- Media Law and Ethics

Section 1
Syllabus

Section 3
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