GFW PRSA August Luncheon: Defamation and Invasion of Privacy


Defamation and invasion of privacy: What communicators must know in 2014 and beyond

What kinds of statements create exposure for a claim for defamation? You’ve heard about invasion of privacy, but what is it really, in a legal context?

Laura Elkind, a Fort Worth trial attorney with over 20 years of experience, will discuss the basics of defamation and invasion of privacy. More importantly, she will address how to avoid these claims altogether. Elkind is an experienced commercial litigator and trial attorney with over 20 years of experience in both state and federal courts in Texas.

Wednesday, August 13 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76109)

Complimentary valet parking provided!

Click here to register.


  • GFW PRSA Members – $25
  • National PRSA Members – $30
  • Non-members – $35
  • Students – $20

Walk-ups: Add an additional $5 to the above prices

To account for additional costs associated with walk-ups and other meeting services, the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA uses the following reservation policy: Online reservations are due no later than 5 pm the Friday prior to the luncheon, and cancellations must be made by 5 p.m. the day before the luncheon. No-shows will be billed or a representative may attend in that person’s place at no additional charge. Walk-ups are accepted for an additional $5 if space is available.

About the Speaker:

Laura Elkind
Laura Elkind-LRThroughout her extensive career, Laura has successfully represented individuals, corporations and other business entities, reporters, media organizations and governmental bodies in a variety of matters. Her experience includes litigation and trials in both state and federal courts in Texas, mediations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and matters before the Texas Attorney General. Laura understands the toll that litigation takes and has successfully counseled clients in their practices and dealings to help minimize exposure or avoid litigation altogether. When disputes arise, she will champion the interests of you or your business, from pre-suit negotiations through trial and appeal. Having lived in Tarrant County for nearly 20 years, Laura is proud to base her practice in Fort Worth, serving clients in Tarrant, Dallas and surrounding counties, as well as throughout North Texas and the state.

APR Boot Camp

The Greater Fort Worth PRSA chapter will offer a boot camp for members interested in earning the Universal Accreditation Board’s designation – accredited in public relations, or APR.

The boot camp includes:

  • Four structured study sessions beginning in September or October. Accredited chapter members will guide discussions about the exam’s tactical and strategic content, preparation for the readiness review and online exam, and provide encouragement and coaching.
  • Readiness reviews will be completed after the final study session.
  • The process concludes with the required online exam at a local Prometrics testing facility.

Camp begins Wednesday, September 10 (revised day) and offers you the opportunity to review tactics and strategies for the APR exam. Plus, you’ll receive guidance on putting your Readiness Review portfolio together. Sessions will be held each Tuesday on the TCU campus, J.M. Moudy Visual Arts and Communication Bldg., 2805 S. University Drive, Room 224, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Sept. 10 – Introduction, history of public relations, communication models, PR management
Sept. 17 – Research, planning
Sept. 24 – Guidance on putting your Readiness Review portfolio together
Oct. 1 – Crisis communication management, management skills, business literacy
Oct. 8 – Media relations, information technology, law & ethics
Week of Oct. 13 – Readiness Review panel
Week of Oct. 20 – APR computer exam

You also must complete your application for APR, which you can access by clicking here. The boot camp is free. There are fees associated with taking the exam. These are explained online.

Anyone interested in the accreditation process should:

  •  Review the accreditation guidelines, study materials and application form.
  • Apply now and begin reading accreditation materials before the APR Boot Camp begins.
  • Contact Fort Worth PRSA Accreditation Co-Chairs Linda Jacobson, APR, at or Carolyn Bobo, APR, Fellow PRSA at

This year is the 50th anniversary of the designation, which is managed by eight professional communications organizations, including PRSA.