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Science, Censorship And The Pandemic

Dr. Phil speaks with First Amendment attorneys Nancy Wells Hamilton and Charles L. “Chip” Babcock about science, censorship and the pandemic.


Nancy Wells Hamilton has appeared in federal and state courts in Texas, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia for clients who have included CNN, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, CBS, Inc., The Tribune Company, and U.S. Trust. Nancy is a frequent writer and lecturer on trial tactics and media law, includingWhat to do When the Media CallsandBuilding Rapport in the Courthousefor the Texas State Bar;Trial Techniquesfor the Media Law Resource Center Annual Conferences in 2006 and 2008; an appearance on PBS Houston’s KUHT-TV programThe Connectionon videotaping jury deliberations; and a Texas State Bar Pattern Jury Charge project.

Education B.A., Skidmore College J.D., University of Houston Law Center Bar Admissions Texas, 1990

Court Admissions: United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth and Seventh Circuits United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Charles “Chip” Babcock is a Texas-based trial and appellate lawyer who litigates at both the trial and appellate levels across the United States. He has tried over 100 cases to a jury and argued over 50 appeals. He handles all types of commercial trial work and has particular experience in media and First Amendment litigation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is a Fellow of the American Law Institute. Chip has represented individuals such as Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, George W. Bush, and Reggie Love (aide to President Obama). His corporate clients have included ORIX USA, Celanese Corp, Fox News Network, CNN, Google, CBS Television Studios, Vantage Drilling International, Warner Brothers Pictures, New Line Cinema, 3M Corporation and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Chip has tried highly publicized cases such as Turner v. Dolcefino, which was covered gavel to gavel for nine weeks on CourtTV (now TruTV); Texas Beef v. Oprah Winfrey, which was litigated for six weeks in Amarillo, Texas, and concerned the popular talk show host’s statements about “mad cow” disease; Knight v. The Chicago Tribune, a case tried in Cook County, Illinois, involving a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist defendant and his highly acclaimed series about prosecutorial misconduct; In re Sharon Keller, which involved an effort to remove the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from the bench; and In re Hecht, where the Judicial Conduct Commission attempted to admonish the (now) Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court over statements he made in support of a nominee to the United States Supreme Court.

Education A.B., Brown University

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J.D., Boston University School of Law

  • Executive Editor, Boston University Law Review

Bar Admissions Texas, 1977 New York, 2016

Court Admissions United States Supreme Court Texas Supreme Court United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

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