James Goodale

James Goodale

James Goodale is the former general counsel and vice chairman of The New York Times. His book "Fighting for the Press" was named twice as best non-fiction book of 2013 by Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of The Guardian, and Alan Clanton, editor of Thursday Review. He represented the Times in four of its Supreme Court cases including Branzburg v. Hayes in which the Times intervened on behalf of its reporter Earl Caldwell. The others were New York Times v. Sullivan, New York Times Co. v. the United States (Pentagon Papers case) and Tasini v. New York Times et al. He has been called "father of the reporter's privilege" because of his interpretation of the Branzburg case in the Hastings Law Journal, 1975. This led to the establishment of a reporter's privilege to protect sources in most states and federal circuits. In 1980, he joined the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City. There he founded a corporate group and a litigation group dealing with media, communications and the First Amendment. In 1972 he started a communications law seminar at the Practising Law Institute which he chaired for 35 years. It led to the creation of a First Amendment Bar Association for lawyers representing media companies. He served as chairman of the board for the Committee to Protect Journalists from 1989-1994 where he built CPJ into a significant international force, instrumental in the release of imprisoned journalists. From 1995-2010 he produced and hosted programs for "Digital Age," a TV show about the effect of digital technology on media, politics and terrorism. Guests included former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, CIA Director James Woolsey, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Since 1977 he has taught First Amendment and Communications law at Yale, New York University and Fordham law schools and has authored over 200 articles in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and The Daily Beast.

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