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Sandra F. Chance, J.D.

McClatchy Professor in Freedom of Information
Professor - Department of Journalism

Office: 3068 Weimer Phone: 352-392-3995 Email: schance@jou.ufl.edu Twitter: @gatorlawyer

Bio

Chance specializes in media law. Before joining the faculty at UF, Chance earned her B.S., M.A. and J.D. and practiced law with the firm of Holland & Knight. She concentrated on media law cases there. Her clients included The Tampa Tribune, the New York Times Regional Group (including The Gainesville Sun), The Miami Herald, and several radio and television stations throughout the southeast. She was named the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2005 and the College’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1997.  She teaches media law at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Education

J.D., University of Florida

Publications

Chance, Sandra F. (2013) Access to Public Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law, 2013, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 374-392.

Chance, Sandra F. (2012) Access to Public Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law, 2012, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 373-391.

Chance, Sandra F. and Locke, Christina, (2011) “When Even the Truth Isn’t Good Enough: Judicial Inconsistency in False Light Cases Threatens Free Speech, University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, 9 First Amend. L. Rev. 546-571.

Chance, Sandra F. (2011) Access to Public Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law, 2011, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 381-400.

Chance, Sandra F. and Locke, Christina, (2010) “Struggling with Sunshine: Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Compliance with Open Government Laws Using Florida as a Case Study,” Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, 1-32 (lead article).

Chance, Sandra F., “Federal Sunshine Laws.”(2010) The Florida Bar’s Reporter’s Handbook, 2010.

Chance, Sandra F. (2010) Access to Public Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law, 2010, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 377-399.

Chance, Sandra F., (2009) “Access to Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law 2009, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 375-404.

Chance, Sandra F. and Locke, Christina, (2008), “The Government-in-the-Government Law Then and Now: A Model for Implementing New Technologies Consistent with Florida’s Position as a Leader in Open Government,” Florida State Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2245-270.

Chance, Sandra F., (2008) “Access to Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law 2008, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 387-406.

Chance, Sandra F., (2007) “Access to Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law, 2007, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 349-366.

Chance, Sandra F., (2006) “Access to Documents and Meetings,” Communications and the Law, 2006, W. Hopkins, ed. (Alabama: Vision Press), pp. 342-358.

Molleda, Juan-Carlos and Chance, Sandra F., (2005). “The State of Latin American Press Freedom,” Journalism Studies, Vol. 6, No. 4, 530-534.

Chance, Sandra F., (2005). “Access Under Siege: The Impact of Technology on Public Policy and Access to Electronic Records in the United States,” International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.

Research

First Amendment/media law issue and access to government information, including courts, records and meetings.

Research Keywords

Communication law, media law, freedom of information, first amendment

Research Areas

  • Communication Law/First Amendment/Freedom of Information

Courses

Syllabi from the current and three previous semesters: