On July 1, 2007, Jack M. Weiss became Chancellor and Professor of Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He teaches courses in Media Law, Comparative Media Law, and First Amendment Rights of Expression and Association.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Weiss had been a partner for nine years in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LL.P. A member of the firm's Litigation Department and its Media and Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Appellate Practice Groups, Mr. Weiss served as principal outside publication counsel to Dow Jones & Company, Inc., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and their respective online editions. From 1975 to 1998, Mr. Weiss practiced law in New Orleans. There, Mr. Weiss served as lead counsel to the Times-Picayune for more than twenty years and represented numerous other major publishing and broadcast clients. For many years, Mr. Weiss was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for First Amendment law and was ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top lawyers in the New York media and entertainment bar. In 2006, Mr. Weiss was honored as a Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus of Harvard Law School.
In both Louisiana and New York, Mr. Weiss often advised leading media organizations on a wide variety of sensitive publication matters and played a leading role in defending the nation's media in significant First Amendment litigation.
In addition to his core experience in media law, Mr. Weiss has broad and diverse experience in a wide variety of transactional and commercial legal matters and litigations. He served as chairman of the Section on Business and Corporation Law of the Louisiana State Bar Association. During his years in practice, Mr. Weiss engaged in many notable commercial representations, including representations of media clients in non-First Amendment matters.
Mr. Weiss served as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1972 to 1973, and as law clerk to the Honorable John Minor Wisdom of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1971 to 1972. He earned his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude in 1971 from Harvard Law School, where he was Treasurer and Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. In 1968, Mr. Weiss graduated cum laude with high honors in English Literature from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Weiss served as legislative assistant to Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana. His responsibilities included economic, defense, and national security issues.
Beginning in 1980, Mr. Weiss taught as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia, Tulane, and Louisiana State University Law Schools. From 2001 to 2007, he co-taught a seminar at Columbia Law School, "The First Amendment and the Institutional Press", with Judge Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Weiss speaks frequently on constitutional and media law issues. From 1998 to 2007, he was the principal speaker on libel law at the annual Communications Law conference of the Practicing Law Institute.
He has served on the Governing Board of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and as a member of the Media Law Committees of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations. From its inception in 1982 until the present, Mr. Weiss has been the Louisiana reporter for the Media Law Resource Center's 50 State Annual Surveys of Libel and Privacy Law. He is also the Louisiana Reporter for the Survey of State Public Records and Open Meetings Laws published periodically by the Reporters' Committee for the Freedom of the Press. Mr. Weiss is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and Louisiana bars. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
Mr. Weiss is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Manship School of Mass Communications at LSU. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of Isidore Newman School in New Orleans from 1983 to 1988, as a member of the School's Executive Committee for many years, and as chairman of the Committee on Educational Policies. He is a former trustee of Children's Hospital, the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation (WYES-TV), and of Touro Synagogue.