Amanda Martin is a media lawyer, representing traditional and social media as well as corporate communicators on issues related to the libel and privacy, the Internet, intellectual property, and other speech-based concerns. Ms. Martin is general counsel to the N.C. Press Association, an organization of approximately 200 N.C. newspapers. For more than 20 years, she routinely has counseled reporters, editors and news directors about avoiding libel suits, gaining access to closed government meetings and records and resisting subpoenas. With the advent of the Internet, Ms. Martin expanded her practice to include counseling and representing non-media individuals and organizations with social media issues.
Ms. Martin is the co-author of the North Carolina section of the Media Law Resource Center’s annual survey on privacy law, co-author of the North Carolina section of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Open Government Guide, and co-editor of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook, to which she also contributes the chapter on access to public meetings. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at media law forums and workshops and regularly contributes articles to legal, media and other publications. Ms. Martin has taught as an adjunct instructor of media law at the UNC School of Law, the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Campbell Law School.
Ms. Martin’s professional activities include serving as a member of the Newsgathering Committee of the Media Law Resource Center, former chairman of the N.C. Bar Association’s Constitutional Rights and Responsibility Section Council and a former director of the Wake County Bar Association and editor of its newsletter. 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