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  • Biographical Description

  • Derigan Silver is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the Director of the Center for Innovation in the Creative and Liberal Arts (CILCA). He sits on the University of Denver Faculty Senate and is a past chair of the Academic Planning Committee.

    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. 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 Hussman School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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 Research: Social architecture theory and media law; judicial decision making; access to government information; access to courts; First Amendment law and theory; defamation; and student free expression rights  

    Courses: Issues in Freedom of Expresion (graduate seminar); Internet Law (graduate seminar); Media Law; Internet Law; Media and Politics; Introduction to Media and Culture

  • Text book

  • Mass Media Law

    Calvert, C., Kozlowski, D. V.  & Silver, D. (2020) Mass Media Law, McGraw Hill Publishing. 


  • Syllabi

  • Media and Politics

  • Introduction to Media & Culture

  • New Media Law & Regulations

  • Media Law

  • Issues in Freedom of Expression

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Derigan Silver CV

  • Book

  • National Security in the Courts: The Need for Secrecy Vs. the Requirement of Transparency

    This book explores how federal judges identified the main legal issues presented in cases dealing with national security and the mode of legal analysis they used to reach or justify their conclusions in those cases.

  • Book Chapters

  • Silver, D. (2017). The news media and the FOI. In W. Hopkins (Ed.), The U.S. Freedom of Information Act at 50. New York: Routledge Publishing

  • Silver, D. (2017) Access to courts. In W. W. Hopkins (Ed.), Communication and the Law


  • Silver, D. (2017). Social Media and Defamation. In D. Stewart (Ed.), Social Media and the Law.

  • Silver, D. (2015). First Amendment Theory. In W. Babcock & W. Freivogel (Eds.), Key Issues in Mass Communication Ethics and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 61-80.


    Silver, D. (2015). Richmond Newspapers. In W. Babcock & W. Freivogel (Eds.), Key Issues in Mass Communication Ethics and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 211-220.


  • Silver, D. (2014). Social media and reporting on judicial proceedings: A digital era conflict. In D. Cullier & C. Davis (Eds.), Transparency 2.0: Access and privacy in a wired world.


  • Journal Articles

  • Silver_Policy_Practice_Intent

  • Silver_National_Security_&_the_Press

  • Walden&Silver_Deciphering_Dun&Bradstreet

  • Silver_Power, national security and transparency.pdf

  • Silver_The framers First Amendment.pdf

  • Silver Media censorship and access to terrorism trials.pdf

  • Silver & Fenson-Hood_More Speech, Not Enforced Silence.pdf

  • Silver & Kozlowski_First Amendment Originalism.pdf

  • Silver & Walden Dangerous Distinction.pdf

  • Ekstrand & Silver, Remixing.pdf

  • Chao & Silver-Patent litigation.pdf

  • Silver & Kozlowski_Preserving the Law's Coherenc

  • Silver_The News Media and FOIA.pdf

  • Koz & Silver_Measuring Reed's Reach.pdf

  • Silver&Kozlowski_Communication Law and Policy Research in Non Law Peer Reviewed Journals 2010 2019.pdf

  • Silver & Rumsey Going Viral Limited Purpose Public Figures Involuntary Public Figures and Viral Media Content.pdf

This portfolio last updated: 14-Mar-2022 2:56 PM