Jay Bender, a visiting professor at USC and an attorney who specializes in first amendment law, has been given the Excellence in Service Award by USC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Bender, the fourth recipient of the award, was to be honored Thursday night at the journalism school’s alumni awards dinner.
“We’re recognizing his considerable work on freedom of information,” said Charles Bierbauer, dean of USC’s journalism school.
Bender has taught at USC for 20 years, though he officially joined the he journalism school’s staff in 2006. He is also a faculty member of USC’s law school. Bender has written a pair of books on media law, serves on the Task Force on Electronic Access to Court Records and has served as legal counsel to media outlets in South Carolina, including The State newspaper.