Friday, January 10, 2003
David Kohler, Former CNN Senior Vice President and Lawyer, to Head Law School’s Media Law Institute
By a MetNews Staff Writer
David C. Kohler, formerly senior vice president and general counsel at Cable News Network, has been appointed director of Southwestern University School of Law’s National Entertainment and Media Law Institute.
Kohler will coordinate the institute’s curriculum and services, establish relationships with law firms and the entertainment industry, and promote research.
“I am truly excited at the prospect of joining the exceptional Southwestern faculty and working with them to further enhance the institute’s program and its recognition as a national resource for students, practitioners and scholars in entertainment and media law,” Kohler said.
Over the course of his 20 years in media law, Kohler has been actively involved in some of the most significant media cases, including several resulting in important Supreme Court decisions, and a wide array of challenging legal problems faced by CNN, Turner Broadcasting and other clients.
Kohler joined Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in 1991 and soon became assistant vice president and deputy general counsel. He became CNN senior vice president and general counsel in 1996.
He also was CNN’s first chief ethics officer and chaired its advertising standards committee. He remains a consultant to CNN.
In private practice, Kohler was a litigation associate at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., later moving to the Richmond, Va. Firm of Christian & Barton, where he became a partner in 1989.
Kohler is a 1975 graduate of Duke University. He earned his law degree from Duke in 1978.
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