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Jeffrey P. Hermes

Jeffrey P. Hermes

Media Law Resource Center
Deputy Director
New York, NY, USA


Since October 2014, Jeff Hermes has served as one of two Deputy Directors of the Media Law Resource Center. At the MLRC, he focuses on developing resources and coordinating member efforts with respect to digital media issues, and surveys emerging trends in digital media law. He frequently writes for the MLRC’s monthly and triannual publications on these topics.

Jeff previously served for three years as the Director of the Digital Media Law Project, an academic project based at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society that studied systemic legal issues affecting networked communication and provided coordinated legal resources to independent journalists and online media ventures. Jeff led multiple initiatives, including: (1) maintaining a detailed legal guide on media and business law topics for non-lawyers; (2) compiling a searchable database of complaints and other legal threats directed at online publishers; (3) engaging in research and responsive activity to address breaking issues in digital media law; (4) facilitating access for online publishers to legal representation through its nationwide attorney referral service, the Online Media Legal Network; and (5) publishing regular commentary on current issues in media law, technology law and journalism.

While at the Digital Media Law Project, Jeff also served as the First Amendment consultant on the advisory board of the OpenCourt project, a groundbreaking trial of live-streaming of trial court proceedings in Massachusetts courtrooms and other experimental journalism. His personal research has focused on legal regimes where structural protection for media rights and freedom of expression is weak, such as standards for the issuance of press credentials and IRS recognition of non-profit journalism.

Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Jeff assisted a wide array of clients in First Amendment, media, intellectual property and Internet law issues as a partner in the litigation practice of Brown Rudnick LLP and later as counsel to Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C. in Boston. In his fourteen years in private practice, Jeff represented an international media network and its subsidiaries, major metropolitan newspapers, broadcasters on television and radio, Internet-based publishers and social media networks.

Jeff has frequently been interviewed by national and international press outlets, written for numerous publications, spoken at a wide array of events, and been invited to international fora to discuss digital media law issues. He received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1997, and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University.

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