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2021 State of the First Amendment Address Scheduled for Nov. 17

Attorney Elizabeth Woodford (left) and Attorney Tom Miller
Attorneys Elizabeth Woodford (left) and Tom Miller.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2021) — The 2021 State of the First Amendment Address, sponsored by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center housed in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, will be delivered by media attorneys Tom Miller and Elizabeth Woodford, who successfully argued on behalf of the Kernel Press Inc., publisher of the student-produced Kentucky Kernel, in a yearslong open records case involving UK. In March of this year, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the university acted improperly when it prevented the Kernel from obtaining records regarding its reporting of a Title IX investigation.

Miller and Woodford, both with the Lexington firm Miller, Griffin & Marks, will discuss the case University of Kentucky v. Kernel Press, Inc., and the implications of the Kentucky Open Records Act, which stipulates "free and open examination of public records" even though such examination may cause “inconvenience or embarrassment to public officials or others." 

The address is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, via Zoom..​ The event is free and open to the public. Access to the event will be available at

Information about the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at UK's School of Journalism and Media is available at

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