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Derigan Silver, PhD

Derigan SilverOffice Location: Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building, Room 106

Phone: 303-871-2657

Email:  derigan.silver@du.edu

About

Derigan Silver is an associate professor in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and an adjunct faculty member in the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. He has published in peer review journals and law reviews on government secrecy and national security law, originalism, defamation, social architecture theory, access to the judiciary (including access to terrorism trials), copyright law, commercial speech, and student expression. His work has been cited by legal scholars and judges, including a member of the Iowa Supreme Court. He is the co-author of the popular media law textbook, Mass Media Law, with Dr. Clay Calvert and Dr. Dan V. Kozlowski. Silver received his doctoral degree in mass communication in 2009 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Silver is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honors society for journalism, and a former Chair of the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Areas of Focus

Social architecture theory and media law; judicial decision making; access to government information; access to courts; First Amendment law and theory; and defamation

Education

  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)
  • MMC, Arizona State University (2004)
  • BA, University of California at Santa Barbara (1994)

Selected Accomplishments

  • Member, Kappa Tau Alpha, National Honors Society in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Outstanding PhD Graduate, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)
  • John B. Adams Award for Excellence in Mass Communication Law, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)
  • Whitney and Shirley Mundt Top Student Paper Award, Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (2007)
  • Curtis D. MacDougall Top Student Paper Award, Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (2007)