How to Ethically Introduce Yourself to Reporters

Please join Jacqueline Harounian ’94, partner, Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, and Janet L. Falk, chief strategist, Falk Communications and Research, as they present the ethics requirements and mechanics for connecting with and talking to the media.

The presentation will:

  • Address the ethical issues of presenting yourself to reporters as a source.
  • Review the ethical issues of speaking to reporters about a case your own firm filed in court.
  • Discuss how to develop brief biographical material to introduce yourself to the media as a credible source on legal and business issues.
  • Offer suggestions on how to prepare material (press release) to announce the status of a case filed in court.

A sample media profile and press release will be provided.

Presented by Hofstra Law's Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics


Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Time: 6:10-8:00 p.m. ET

Location: Held Via Zoom

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom.

RSVP is required.

Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom session prior to the event.

For more information, contact Deborah Grattan at


Janet Falk, Chief Strategist, Falk Communications and Research

Janet Falk is a Communications professional with more than 30 years of experience in-house and at public relations agencies. She advises attorneys at small law firms and with a solo practice on Media Relations and Marketing Communications to: attract new clients, remain top of mind with prior clients, keep in touch with referral sources, help recruit associates, generate a news story about litigation that puts pressure on opposing counsel and achieve business goals. Janet leads workshops on these topics and advises on media relations, website, LinkedIn profile, articles in non-legal industry trade publications and client newsletters, among other areas. She has published articles on Media Relations and Marketing in The New York Law Journal, The New Jersey Law Journal and Marketing the Law Firm and is a frequent guest on podcasts about Public Relations and Legal Marketing.


Jacqueline Harounian ’94, Partner, Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.

Jacqueline Harounian is a partner of the Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. established in 1976, and a recognized leader in the field of matrimonial and family law. Her unique multidisciplinary background, including a graduate degree in Behavioral Forensic Psychology and Family Systems Therapy, enables her to adeptly handle complex divorce, custody and support matters in the Family and Supreme Courts on Long Island and New York City.

Jacqueline Harounian served as an instructor of family law at Hofstra Law for over ten years. She lectures regularly to attorneys, mental health professionals, accountants, and women’s groups, and is a sought after speaker for a range of topics including financial and legal empowerment, sexual and cyber- harassment, parenting issues, negotiating skills, and mental health / addiction issues.


The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, founded in honor of one of the profession’s most influential legal scholars, seeks to focus the attention of law students, scholars, judges and practitioners on today’s most significant issues for the legal profession.

The Freedman Institute sponsors programs and conferences for scholarly inquiry and brings together practitioners, judges and scholars to examine critical aspects of the delivery of legal services.

It also trains law students to take responsibility for serving others, and it provides practical experiences to do so.

Monroe Freedman schooled generations of law students and implored colleagues to "make a difference." The Freedman Institute seeks to enhance his legacy.

Ellen C. Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Freedman Institute

Deborah GrattanLegal Ethics Coordinator


Wednesday, February 03, 2021



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