Whether fielding one of the hundreds of calls that flood the North Carolina Press Association’s legal hotline each year or opposing the closing of a courtroom, Amanda Martin enjoys combining her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Ms. Martin serves as General Counsel to the NC Press Association, a membership organization of approximately 200 North Carolina newspapers, and NC Press Services. She routinely counsels reporters and editors about resisting subpoenas, avoiding libel suits, or gaining access to closed government meetings and records. Ms. Martin has enhanced and applied her media law concentration as an adjunct instructor in Media Law at UNC School of Law, Campbell University School of Law and the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at media law forums and workshops, including the Annual Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, MO, and Media Law in the Digital Age. In 2007, Ms. Martin, her colleague Hugh Stevens and UNC Professor Cathy Packer co-edited a new edition of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook. She regularly contributes articles to legal and media law newsletters and other publications.
Ms. Martin also handles trademark, copyright and other intellectual property matters as well as representing corporations in employment issues.
Ms. Martin’s professional activities have included serving as a director of the Wake County Bar Association and editor of its newsletter, chairing the NC Bar Association’s Constitutional Rights and Responsibility Section Council and serving on the Litigation Section Council of the Bar Association. She enjoys reading, cooking, and travel and is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
University of Florida, Gainesville, B.S. 1989
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1992
All state and federal courts of North Carolina
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Northern District of Georgia