Independent Media and the Rule of Law


National Archives
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

Preserving a free society
Independent Media and the Rule of Law
(Second event of a six-part series)

The second live event of the 'Preserving a free society' series featured a panel discussion with Andrea Mitchell (NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of Andrea Mitchell Reports), Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post opinion writer of the Right Turn blog), and preeminent 1st Amendment lawyer Lee Levine (Ballard Spahr). The discussion, moderated by Homer Moyer (Founder, CEELI Institute), was held at the National Archives in Washington DC on Thursday 7 June.

See below for full details

Photos from the conference



Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell, the veteran chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, is also the host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” an hour of political and foreign policy news airing each day at 1200 ET on MSNBC.

Since joining NBC News in 1978, Mitchell has covered seven presidential administrations.

She appears regularly on “Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY” and “Meet the Press.” Mitchell's extensive and varied reports over the years include all of the Reagan/Gorbachev arms control summits, a series of exclusive interviews with Cuba's late President Fidel Castro, coverage of the diplomatic normalization with Havana, the Iran nuclear negotiations, conflicts in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo as well as assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. She has also covered every presidential campaign for NBC News since 1980, most recently as the lead correspondent assigned to Hillary Clinton throughout 2016.

Frequently honored by her peers, Mitchell is a recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s Joseph M. Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award, The International Radio and Television Society Foundation’s Giant of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts Honor, the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2015 MATRIX Award from New York Women in Communications as one of the "Women Who Change the World.” She has also received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and was chosen by the Society for Professional Journalists for their Lifetime Achievement Award.

In September 2005, Mitchell authored the best seller, “Talking Back," a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, Congress, and foreign policy.

A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she served as the immediate past Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and currently chairs the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Mitchell delivered the university’s commencement address, receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree.

Mitchell is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and is a member of the Gridiron Club.

Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Rubin

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a center-right perspective. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican Party and threats to Western democracies. She is among the most prominent #NeverTrump voices.

Rubin, who is also an MSNBC contributor, came to The Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades, an experience that informs and enriches her work.

She received her BA in history from University of California, Berkeley. She also received her JD from UC Berkeley, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif, finishing first in her class.

She is the mother of two sons and an eccentric dog. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia.

Lee Levine

Lee Levine has represented media clients in libel, invasion of privacy, reporter’s privilege, access, copyright, and related First Amendment cases for more than 35 years. In the U.S. Supreme Court, he has argued for the media defendants in Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. v. Connaughton and Bartnicki v. Vopper. Lee also has litigated in the courts of more than 20 states and the District of Columbia, and has appeared in most federal appeals courts and in the highest courts of 10 states.

Lee served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1989 to 2016. He is the lead author of the treatise Newsgathering and the Law, now in its fourth edition; he co-authored the casebook Media and the Law, now in its second edition; and most recently, together with Professor Stephen Wermiel, he co-authored The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan, published by the American Bar Association Press to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark decision.

For the past ten years, Lee has served as co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual Communications Law program, the most prestigious annual gathering of media lawyers in the United States. He also co-chairs the First Amendment Salon, which is associated with the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School and regularly hosts discussions on contemporary issues in free expression. Previously, Lee served as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Defamation Act Drafting Committee of the Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as the chair of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and as president of the Defense Counsel Section of the MLRC.

Lee has been recognized for his accomplishments by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers.

Lee was one of the founding attorneys of the highly regarded First Amendment boutique law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz in 1997, which merged with Ballard Spahr in October 2017.

Homer E Moyer Jr

Homer Moyer, the architect of Miller & Chevalier’s preeminent international practice, has been recognized as a premier lawyer in multiple international legal fields. He has served in government as a political appointee of both political parties and has developed and guided pro bono projects that have been hailed for their global impact. Regarded as one of the country's leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) lawyers, Mr. Moyer is an authority on U.S. and international anti-corruption law. He has represented and advised dozens of clients, written and spoken on the subject extensively, chaired more than 30 national and international conferences, produced a training video, and served as an SEC-appointed Independent Compliance Consultant. In the 2010 editions of Chambers USA and Chambers Global, market commentators noted: "In Homer Moyer, the (Miller & Chevalier) team has one of the deans of the international trade bar. An expert in FCPA, Moyer is renowned among corporate clients for his calm and thoughtful approach to difficult regulatory issues, and has a huge number of contacts in the relevant agencies. His ability to organize and execute a strategy is beyond compare."

In the area of export controls and economic sanctions, Mr. Moyer’s experience dates from when he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce during a time of historic foreign policy and national security controls, sanctions, and boycotts. He has counseled numerous clients on export issues of first impression, co-authored the book Export Controls as Instruments of Foreign Policy, and been called to testify as an expert witness. While in government, he also co-authored the Anti-Boycott regulations of the Export Administration Act.

In matters of international trade, Mr. Moyer has advised clients on World Trade Organization (WTO) panel and Appellate Body disputes, represented governments in free trade agreement negotiations, and successfully litigated before bi-national panels and "Extraordinary Challenge" tribunals under the NAFTA and CFTA. Mr. Moyer has been counsel in landmark antidumping and countervailing duty cases, in trade and investment disputes before international arbitral bodies, and in federal court proceedings involving issues of international law. In other cases, he has represented clients before all levels of federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Moyer, who chairs Miller & Chevalier's Policy Committee, recently concluded more than 15 years of service on the firm's Executive Committee, having also served as Vice-Chair of the firm, founding chair of the firm's International Department, and long-time head of the firm's Art Committee. Mr. Moyer was the co-founder and chair (1990-2002) of the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which has provided technical legal assistance to emerging democracies of the former Soviet bloc, a project described by former Attorney General Janet Reno as "the worthiest pro bono project that American lawyers have ever undertaken." He founded the CEELI Institute, a post-graduate lawyer and judicial training institution in Prague, is president of Friends of the CEELI Institute, and has served on the board of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative since its inception.

Mr. Moyer is a past Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, was the first chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association, and has served as co-chair of the IBA's Rule of Law Forum. He is a past president of the Washington Council of Lawyers, a former member of the board of trustees of the Council for Excellence in Government, a member of the board of trustees of the Center for American and International Law, and a former chair of its Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law. Before serving in government, Mr. Moyer practiced with Covington & Burling; wrote Justice and the Military, a treatise on military law; and served in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, with collateral duty at the White House. Mr. Moyer served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as General Counsel (1980-81), Counselor to the Secretary (1979), and Deputy General Counsel (1976-79). He was a political appointee of both Republican and Democratic administrations.

In 2008, the American Bar Association's International Law Section honored Mr. Moyer with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor described him as his generation's "pioneer in rule of law reform and its greatest proponent." He has received numerous other awards for his work, including the 2010 Chambers USA award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession, the ABA's World Order Under Law Award, the CEELI Volunteer Award, and special recognition by the ABA during the rededication of the ABA Memorial to Magna Carta at Runnymede. He is ranked in the highest band in both Chambers USA and Chambers Global rankings, in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Ethisphere Institute, and in various categories of Who's Who Legal.

Mr. Moyer has served as a member of the Board of Visitors of Emory University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and Yale Law School (LL.B.), he is the father of four and author of the best-selling book, The R.A.T. (Real-World Aptitude Test): Preparing Yourself for Leaving Home (Capital Books, 2001).