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December 3, 2014

Hiscock & Barclay Attorney Mickey Osterreicher Testifies at House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing

Buffalo, New York – December 3, 2014Mickey H. Osterreicher, Of Counsel in Hiscock & Barclay's Buffalo office, testified on December 3, 2014 in his capacity as General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) at a hearing convened by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on H.R. 917, the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2013.

The hearing was held to help improve media coverage of the Supreme Court. Osterreicher testified on behalf of the NPPA, which is one of 19 national media and legal organizations that advocate for a more open and accountable U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts system as the Coalition for Court Transparency. In his testimony, Osterreicher called for increased accessibility of the U.S. Supreme Court. "Opening courts to electronic coverage is essential for the public to see that justice is being done, to be assured of the integrity of the process, and to better understand how decisions are made at both the trial and appellate levels, especially those of the Supreme Court," Osterreicher said in his testimony.

Osterreicher is a member of the firm's Media & First Amendment Law Practice Area. He has extensive experience in contract, media, copyright and First Amendment Law and has been actively involved in handling matters such as cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography, orphan works and copyright infringement.

Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, listed as a "Top 250 Firm" by The National Law Journal, is a full-service, 210-attorney law firm, with offices throughout the major cities of New York State, as well as in Boston, Washington, Newark, N.J. and Toronto, providing comprehensive legal and business counsel to a diverse client base in 30 practice areas.


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