U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1992)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1992)
Rutgers University (1991)
University of Kansas (1980)
Kathleen Conkey is a New York City media and entertainment attorney in practice since 1992, with more than 20 years of direct experience representing clients in the media and entertainment world, most specifically in the pre-broadcast review of film, television programming, scripts, plays and books. She started as a litigation associate at Debevoise and Plimpton before moving to Lankenau Kovner and Kurtz (now merged with Davis Wright Tremaine).
She then went in-house for 11 years as a Senior Counsel and Vice President for MTV Networks, CBS Television and King World Productions. As in-house counsel, she reviewed and supervised the review of hundreds of daily, weekly and one-off programs and films; advising producers regarding fair use, libel, privacy, right of publicity, copyright and trademark infringement and the myriad other torts that television shows, films and other news and entertainment content can involve. At MTV, she developed successful procedures and protocols for programs that relied heavily or entirely upon the fair use of video clips.
Since 2007 she has continued to work with television production companies, filmmakers, authors and other content creators in her solo practice, vetting documentaries, television programs, books, plays and movies. An important part of her practice is drafting fair use opinion letters and libel review letters needed by producers and writers to secure errors and omissions insurance.
She is a co-author and co-editor of Counseling Content Providers in the Digital Age, published by the New York State Bar Association, which grew out of a series of lectures she gave on the topic of pre-broadcast review. In particular, she wrote the chapter on Copyright, with an emphasis on fair use. She continues to lecture on media, entertainment and First Amendment issues. She is a long-time member of the Media Law Resource Center, a national organization of media lawyers, where she serves on the Entertainment Committee; and a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Media Law Committee and Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section, all of which regularly analyze new case law affecting the media and entertainment industries.
She is admitted to the Bars of New York State and the Southern and Eastern Federal Districts of New York. She received her J.D. with Highest Honors from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1991, where she served on Law Review. She has a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Kansas. Prior to law school, Ms. Conkey was Press Secretary to Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins and a staff writer for Ralph Nader.
She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the William Allen White Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving journalism education and preserving the legacy of White, a small- town Kansas editor, writer and advisor to presidents in the early 20th century.
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