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Police-involved fatal shootings of black men, long ignored by the media, are now viewed daily by millions via viral videos. The First Amendment Coalition and UC Irvine School of Law present a panel discussion to examine issues of police secrecy and the public’s right to know about law enforcement tactics.

In California the public has virtually NO access to police records – records of criminal investigations and records of internal reviews of police conduct. Most other states provide greater public access.

Law enforcement defends California’s high degree of secrecy as necessary to protect due process rights of police, the integrity of ongoing investigations, and the privacy of witnesses and suspects. Critics counter that more transparency would deter police misconduct and cause law enforcement to be more accountable to voters, while ultimately making policing safer by enhancing the legitimacy of police departments.

Join FAC at UC Irvine Law School for “Pulling Back the Blue Curtain.”


Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Place: UC Irvine School of Law — EDU Room 1131

401 E. Peltason Drive / Irvine, CA 92697

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Crissandra Flores at or (949) 824-0941.
For more information contact Deborah Fruin at the First Amendment Coalition: or 415-460-5060


Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean UC Irvine School of Law

Dean Chemerinsky is UC Irvine Law School’s founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law with expertise in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court (published in 2014), and frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Peter Scheer, Executive Director
Peter Scheer, Executive Director, 
First Amendment Coalition

A lawyer and journalist, Mr. Scheer has been FAC’s executive director since 2004. He was editor and publisher of The Recorder, a daily legal newspaper based in San Francisco; founder of and; and publisher of Legal Times in Washington, DC. He practiced appellate litigation in Washington, DC, both in the U.S. Justice Department and in private practice, and has argued cases in the US Supreme Court and most federal courts of appeal. He writes frequently on First Amendment and related issues.

Mildred O’Linn, Attorney and Partner, Manning & Kass, Los Angeles

Ms. O’Linn defends police departments in litigation throughout California. She is a section leader for Electronic Control Weapons matters within the Governmental Entity Liability Team. She has a background as a technical expert in law enforcement civil liability, peace officer training and tactics, sexual harassment and employment litigation, and the defense of municipal entities. She was a peace officer at the Kent State University Police Department. Currently she serves as the 2nd V.P.for the S. Cal. Chapter of the CA Assoc. of Police Training Officers (CAPTO).

Jean-Paul Jassy Attorney and Partner Jassy, Vick, Carolan, LLP, Los Angeles

Mr. Jassy practices litigation with an emphasis on disputes in the media, Internet, First Amendment and entertainment arenas. He has taught media and First Amendment law at top law schools, including UC Irvine. Mr. Jassy was named The Best Lawyers in America®’s “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 in Los Angeles for First Amendment litigation, and “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016 in Los Angeles for First Amendment law. He regularly litigates against government agencies in Public Records Act matters.

Peter Bibring,  Attorney, ACLU (SoCal), Los Angeles

Mr. Bibring is a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California and director of police practices for the ACLU of California. He works on a wide range of police-related issues, including race and bias in policing, gang injunctions, excessive force, search and seizure, police interference with First Amendment rights, national security, civilian oversight and surveillance.

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