Jean Maneke has served as counsel to the Missouri Press Association since 1991, dealing primarily with the association’s Sunshine Law issues and serving the newspapers in the state as the MPA Hotline attorney. In that role, she fields calls from reporters on a daily basis about sunshine law and libel issues. She also is involved in the organization’s efforts in the state legislature regarding the sunshine law and in that role has drafted many of the association’s proposed changes to the law in recent years.
In addition to her work for MPA, she serves as a board member and Secretary of the Missouri Sunshine Coalition and has spoken numerous times to media, law enforcement and governmental groups across the state regarding the sunshine law.
She has practiced in the area of media law for more than 25 years. The Maneke Law Group, L.C., based in Kansas City, provides counsel to newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, film producers, book publishers, municipalities and others in the area of public records access, intellectual property and other media, entertainment and communications issues. Prior to her law career, she was a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines in the Springfield and Kansas City areas.
Maneke will co-lead an 11 a.m. Friday session with Jay Dade about intellectual property issues.