ANTI-SLAPP ACROSS THE USA: Developments In State Anti-SLAPP Laws



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March 10, 2022
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About the Program

Since California enacted the first anti-SLAPP statute in 1992, many other states have followed suit. The result is an inconsistent patchwork of laws, some broad in scope, others narrow. In 2020, the Uniform Law Commission approved a uniform law entitled the Unform Public Expression Protection Act (‘UPEPA”). It has already been adopted in Washington; Kentucky, Hawaii, Iowa and Indiana are expected to follow soon. Also in 2020, New York has significantly enlarged its statute. Lane P. Shetterly chaired the ULC committee which drafted UPEPA. Laura Lee Prather participated as the ABA’s advisor on the Committee, and Thomas R. Burke, author of The Rutter Group’s treatise on anti-SLAPP, served as an Observer.

This exceptionally well qualified panel will discuss how the national anti-SLAPP landscape is changing, both at state level and the debates in the federal courts over whether to apply state anti-SLAPP laws.

Meet the Speakers
Lane P. Shetterly


Shetterly Irick and Ozias

Lane is of counsel with the law firm Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt in Dallas, Oregon. He was a state representative from 1997 to 2004. From 2004 through August 2007, he was the director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.

Lane has volunteered his service on several boards of directors of nonprofit organizations in Oregon including Western Oregon University, Oregon Law Center, Foundations for a Better Oregon, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Community Foundation, Salem Health and as chair of the Oregon Law Commission for 21 years.

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Laura Lee Prather


Haynes and Boone, LLP

Recognized nationally and internationally as a fearless freedom of expression advocate, Laura Lee Prather was awarded The American Lawyer’s inaugural Tony Mauro Media Lawyer Award for her tireless and successful efforts advocating for legislation to strengthen First Amendment rights, including zealous advocacy for free speech rights both at the statehouse and the courthouse. Board certified in Civil Appellate Law, Laura represents a broad array of clients at the trial and appellate court level in First Amendment, Anti-SLAPP, and intellectual property disputes. She represents content providers including online and traditional publications, cable and terrestrial broadcasters, streaming media platforms, podcasts, production companies, and music and sports entities.

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Thomas R. Burke


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Tom Burke defends speech and content across all mediums – representing internet companies; networks; studios; book, magazine and news publishers; and authors, journalists, photographers, documentary filmmakers, and environmental groups. With over 30 years of trial and appellate experience in California’s state and federal courts, Tom’s practice covers the full spectrum of content liability issues including First Amendment and the defense of libel, privacy and copyright claims. A veteran newsroom lawyer, Tom regularly provides prepublication counseling and defends journalists facing subpoenas for unpublished information and confidential sources. He also regularly litigates high-profile state and federal public records lawsuits. Tom has successfully handled hundreds of anti-SLAPP motions and is the author of “Anti-SLAPP Litigation” (The Rutter Group 2013-present). Since 2002, he has taught media law at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Alexander Rufus-Isaacs


Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP Partner

Alexander is an Oxford University graduate who began his career as a barrister in England in 1982. He moved to Los Angeles and was admitted to the California bar in 1988. He is a litigator with an emphasis on media, entertainment and business disputes. Many of his cases have international dimensions. He co-founded Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham in 2010. He is President-Elect of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, has been selected as a Super Lawyer for 2017-2022 by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, Lawyer of the Year for Copyright in 2023 in LA by Best Lawyers, and has been honored as a media litigator by numerous international law and business organizations

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