Part of the Business Bootcamps for Writers series

Whether you’re writing about family, acquaintances, or a major celebrity, there is always a risk that someone will sue you for how they are depicted. A lawyer can review your manuscript to identify content that might open the door to a lawsuit and recommend whether you need to edit phrasings or obfuscate identities. Carolyn Schurr Levin, a lawyer with deep experience in prepublication legal review and editorial risk management, will explain why authors should consider legal vetting and what to expect from the process.


Carolyn Schurr Levin is a partner at the firm Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP, where her practice focuses on First Amendment, media, publishing, and intellectual property law. She has wide-ranging experience in prepublication legal review of content and editorial risk management. From 2008 to 2019, Ms. Levin was a Lecturer of Media Law at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, where she also served in the role of Media Law Adviser from 2013 to 2019. She has taught a graduate course in Legal Aspects of Publishing Law at Pace University and currently teaches Media Ethics and Law in the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College. Before teaching full time, Ms. Levin served as the Vice President and General Counsel of Ziff Davis Media and the Vice President and General Counsel of Newsday. She earned her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.


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