Gibbons Director Appointed Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Media Law Committee
June 3, 2015
Thomas J. Cafferty, a Director in the Gibbons P.C. Business & Commercial Litigation Department, has been appointed Chair of the Media Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).
Mr. Cafferty had previously served in this role from 2001-2002 and has been a member of the committee for over 15 years. The NJSBA Media Law Committee monitors, studies, and comments on developments in or relating to media and communications law, with the aim of improving the level of practice, providing continuing legal education opportunities through programs and conferences, and disseminating timely information on evolving issues.
At Gibbons, Mr. Cafferty leads the Media Law Team. He has played a significant role in shaping New Jersey’s laws regarding government transparency and public access, electronic devices in the courtroom, and access to judicial and government records. He has extensive experience litigating and counseling on First Amendment and media issues and handles some of the most complex and significant matters relating to these issues in New Jersey. He recently chaired a sub-committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court Bench Bar Media Committee that issued a critical report, ultimately adopted by the full Committee, recommending major changes in the current Guidelines of the Supreme Court regulating the use of electronic devices (such as cameras, laptops, and cell phones) in courtrooms.