Mickey H. Osterreicher, Attorney
General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association
Mickey H. Osterreicher is of Counsel to Barclay Damon, LLP in the Media & First Amendment Law Practice Area and serves as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
He is on the governing board of the American Bar Association Communications Law Forum, co-chair of the Fair Use committee of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Committee, a member of the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee, the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) newsgathering committee and the First Amendment Lawyers Association (FALA). He is an award winning photojournalist with almost forty years’ experience in print and broadcast. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and USA Today as well as on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and ESPN.
As a lawyer, Mr. Osterreicher is actively involved in such issues as: cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography, ag-gag legislation, anti-paparazzi statutes, drones, copyright, fair use and orphan works. . Mr. Osterreicher has provided training regarding First and Fourth Amendment issues to law enforcement agencies and associations throughout the United States and has moderated and participated on panels nationwide, speaking about the right to photograph and record in public – most recently in Dallas, Texas; also at Purdue University in Indiana; the California Western School of Law in San Diego; in Los Angeles with the LAPD and LA County Sheriff’s Department; and in Chicago at the 2015 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference.
He has also presented workshops at the Legal Officers Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriffs Association (NSA), the New York State Sheriffs Association, the Georgia Chiefs of Police, the International Bar Association, the Broward County ACLU and the National Press Club in Washington. He writes regularly for JPG, the NPPA and the MLRC as well as other online publications and has been quoted in the news nationally on many of these issues.
He has been an adjunct lecturer in Photojournalism at SUNY at Buffalo and an adjunct law professor in media and the law at the University at Buffalo Law School. The Society of Professional Journalists honored him in 2015 as a “Fellow of the Society,” the highest professional honor given by the Society for extraordinary contribution to the profession.
He is a Trustee of the Alexia Foundation, promoting world peace and cultural understanding through the power of photojournalism and a member of the board of CEPA Gallery, a not-for-profit arts center founded as a resource for photographic creation, education and presentation. He is also on the Journalism Advisory Board at Central Michigan University. He has been a uniformed reserve deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department since 1976 and is a member of ILEETA as well as being a member of the Public Recording of Police Advisory Committee of the IACP. He is also certified as having been trained under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Mr. Osterreicher graduated cum laude in 1973 from SUNY at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism/Photography and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1998. He is admitted to practice in New York State, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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