Michael Edward Lenert

Attorney-at-Law and Professor

Website: commlex.com

Curriculum vitae


The University of Texas at Austin. Ph.D., 1993. Program on Communication Technology and Policy. College of Communication, Department of Radio-Television-Film. Dissertation title:  The paradox of public: The public and the public interest in communication technology regulation in the United States, 1934 - 1988. 

San Francisco State University. Graduate studies in television production. Department of Broadcast Communication Arts, School of Communication Arts, fall 1988 - spring 1989.

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. Juris Doctor, 1986. Dean’s List.

University of California, Berkeley, CA. Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric, magna cum laude, May 1983.


Legal Experience

Private Practice, Attorney at Law. Mailing address: 2395 El Camino Avenue, Suite 2, Sacramento, CA 95821. Fax (916) 485-886.

Severson, Werson, Berke & Melchior, Associate. Specialized practice emphasizing banking and financial litigation. San Francisco, California. September 1986 - July 1987.

Winston & Strawn, Summer Associate. Phoenix, Arizona. 1985.

Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley & Casey, Summer Associate. Beverly Hills, California. 1985.


Licenses and Certifications

State Bar of California, license #12775.

State of California real estate broker license #963698.


Academic Employment

The University of San Francisco,  San Francisco, California. Adjunct Professor of Media Studies. 2009 – present.

University of Nevada, Reno. Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies.  Professor and Fred W. Smith Chair in Critical Thinking and Ethical Practices. 2005 – 2009.

Director, Laboratory for Innovation and Ethical Practices at the Center for Advanced Media Studies, University of Nevada, Reno (“LIEP”). 2005 – 2009.

New School University, New York City. visiting faculty, Masters of Arts in Communication, Media Studies Program, 2005.

San Francisco State University, visiting faculty, Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, 2004-2005

City University of New York, Queens College.  Assistant Professor of Media Studies. 1999 – 2004.

Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.  Assistant Professor, 1998 - 1999.

The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor, 1998.

The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Radio-TV-Film, College of Communication, Visiting faculty and Senior Lecturer, 1997-1998.

Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, 1993-1997.


Selected Grants Awarded

The Academy for the Environment, The University of Nevada, Reno. “Averting Catastrophe: Contemplating the Risk of Wildfire at Lake Tahoe,” 2005-2006.  Internal Grant, $10,000. (with C. Campbell, University of Nevada, Reno).

The Laboratory for Innovation and Ethical Practices in Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. 2005. External grant, $10,000.

The Asia Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA. Cambodian Community Information Center Evaluation, 2004. External grant $10,000 (with Dr. B. Kolko, University of Washington).

Ford Foundation New York, USA. “Mapping the Public Interest.” Grantee, 2002. External Grant, $63,014.

Queensborough Public Library, Queens, New York City. “LSTA Computer Skills Training in International Languages,” 2001. External Grant, $19,900.

CUNY Online Faculty, Curriculum Development Grant, 2000.  New Developer of Hybrid Course, Internal grant, $3,000.

Queens College Continuing Education, Distance Learning Project, 2000. Internal Grant, $20,000.

Queens College President’s mini grant for Innovative Teaching, corecipient with Susan Macmillan, 2000. Webcasting from Queens College. Internal Grant, $3,487.

Queens College Faculty Writing Fellow, 2001. Internal Grant, ($5,000 grant equivalent).

Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Claremont, CA.  Consultant, National Digital Stepping Stones Project, Closing the Digital Divide in New York City, 1999.  External grant, $2,000.


Selected book chapters and professional reports (since 1995)

Lenert, E.M., et al (2010). The Digital Divide: The National Debate and Federal and State Level Programs in Straubhaar et al, Using Mixed Methods for Analyzing Culture, in press (U of Texas Press).

Lenert (2009), E.M., Are Free Expression and Fundamentalism Two Colliding Principles? In Hoover, S. & Kaneva, N. (Eds) . Fundamentalisms and the Media. London: Continuum.

Daily, L. & Lenert, E. (2007). "Think, Invent, Act." The Report and Proceedings from the industry-seminar portion of Journalism Week conference at the University of Nevada, Reno, 2007.

Lenert, E.M and Fields, J. (2006). Wildfire at Lake Tahoe: Assessing Risk and Evaluating Response. Report for the Academy for the Environment, University of Nevada, Reno.

Lenert, E. M. & Kaneva, N., (2006). Juegos y comunidades virtuales: Hacia un marco conceptual sobre el uso del análisis y recepción en el estudio de los nuevos medios. (Games and virtual community: A reception analysis for new media studies). In T. Paramo, Editor, Society and Communication: A Look to the XXI Century, UAM, Mexico.

Kolko, B. and Lenert, E. M. (2004) Democratic Information Infrastructure: Assessing the Impact of the Asia Foundation's Community Information Center (CIC) Project on Elections and Civil Society in Cambodia, 2002-2004.

Lenert, E. M. (2003). Mapping Social Entrepreneurship and the Role of Charitable Foundations in Electronic Media: 1946-1996. Report to the Ford Foundation, New York.

Lenert, E.M. & Jordache, C. (1998).  “Documents and printing technologies.”  In A. Grant (Ed.), Communication Technology Update, 6th Edition,  Butterworth-Heinemann, Newton, MA.


Peer-reviewed (refereed) journal articles (since 1995)

Lenert, E. M. (2008). Macro Ethics and the Journalistic Field: A Critical Studies Perspective on Journalism Ethics.” Communication Management Quarterly, vol .II, no.4. Belgrade. (Paper translated into Serbian language for publication).

Lenert, E.M. (2007). “The Internet as a Place for Community Action:  Preliminary Results from the Promise Tahoe Website Trial”, with Melissa Voigtmann, graduate fellow.  American Communication Journal (ACJ) Vol 9, Issue 4, Winter 2007.

Lenert, E.M. (2004). A social shaping perspective on the development of the world wide web. The case of iCraveTVNew.  New Media & Society, Vol. 6, No. 2, 235-258 (2004). Sage Publications.

Kaneva, N. & Lenert, E., (2003). Who Wants to be a Millionaire? How the Press Framed the Role of the Public in the Disney vs. Time Warner Dispute of May 2000. New Jersey Journal of Communication (Fall, 2003).

Lenert, E.M. (1998). “A communication theory approach to communication policy.”  Journal of Communication. Volume 48, Issue 4, pp. 3-23.

Ferneding, K.L. & Lenert, E.M, (1997). "Technology and the 'Crisis' in Education:  Toward a Broader Understanding of the Relationship between Technology and Public Schools." Proteus - A Journal of Ideas. (Spring, 1997).

Hadden, S. G. & Lenert, E. M., (1995). “Telecommunication networks are not VCRs:  The public nature of the new information technologies for universal service.” Journal of Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 17 (1995), 121-140.

Lenert, E.M., (1995). “The information superhighway as infrastructure:  Considerations for communications policy makers,” Southwestern Mass Communications Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2., 1995.


Conference papers and other publications (since 1999)

“A Cure for the Commons? Online Participatory Mapping” with Jeffrey Stephens, graduate fellow. A paper for the Inaugural Conference of the Global Communication Association (GCA) related to Global Communication and Development, October 18 –19, 2007, Shanghai, China. (Juried submission; unable to attend). Published in the official conference proceedings in November 2007.

Lenert, E.M. (2007). Ethical Perspectives and Critical Views on the News. (Juried submission).  Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference, Reno, NV. February 24, 2007.  

Lenert, E. M. (2006). Beyond the Danish Cartoons: Hateful Speech and the Limits of Freedom of Expression. (Juried submission). Conference paper for The International Conference on Fundamentalism and the Media, The University of Colorado, Boulder. October 1, 2006.

Lenert, E.M. (2006). Conceptualizing Interactivity. (Invited participant). Visual Communication and Communication Technology Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, August 5, 2006.

Lenert, E.M., (2003). Using Webcasting and Personal Narrative as a Local Communications Medium. (Juried submission). Association of Internet Researchers, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2003.

Lenert, E. M., (2002). Theorizing the Internet from a Social Constructivist Perspective. (Juried submission). International Association for Media and Communication Research, Barcelona, Spain 2002.

Lenert, E. & Kaneva, N., (2002). Online Communities and Games: Toward a Conceptual Framework for Using Reception Analysis in the Study of New Media (Juried submission). Presented at the Annual Conference of the New York State Communication Association, Tarrytown, NY, 2002.

Kaneva, N. & Lenert, E., (2002). The Role of the Public in the Disney vs. Time Warner Dispute of May 2000. (Juried submission). Presented at the Annual Academic Seminar of the National Cable Telecommunication Association, New Orleans, LA, May 2002.

Lenert, E.M. (2001). “Harold Innis and Critical Legal Studies.” New York State Communication Association. 2001.

Lenert, E.M. (2001). “Toward a framework for understanding the sociolegal aspects of the social shaping of technology.” (Juried submission). Society for the Social Study of Science, Cambridge, MA, 2001. 

Lenert, E.M. (2000). “The legal history of cable television from CATV to MSO. “National Cable Telecommunications Association, Academic Seminar, Chicago. 2000.

Lenert, E.M. (2000). "An audience of one: New media and the future of broadcasting." Conference paper for the New York State Communication Association, September, 2000.


Conferences and other events (organizer or co-organizer)

Nevada Interactive Media Summit, co-founder. (2008). This conference brought together business owners, non-profit advocates, publishers, newsmakers, bloggers, podcasters, filmmakers, media, PR and advertising professionals and anyone else interested in interactive media from every corner of Nevada together for hands-on learning . (In 2009, I received special recognition from Senator Harry Reid for co-organizing this event).

Journalism Week at the Reynolds School of Journalism, The University of Nevada, Reno (2008). Co-organizer. Featured Journalism Week 2008 conference speakers included multiple Pulitzer prize-winning reporters and writers and keynote speaker Ken Paulson, editor and senior vice president/News of USA TODAY and USATODAY.com

Journalism Week at the Reynolds School of Journalism, The University of Nevada, Reno (2007). Founder and co-organizer. Participants included Jennifer Carroll, vice president/new media content, Gannett Inc. and James Kennedy, vice president and director of strategic planning for the Associated Press.


Panels and invited academic participation or presentations (since 1995)

Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series, University of Nevada, Reno, March 5, 2008. Fabrice Florin, News Trust, on Ethical Innovation and Helio Fred Garcia, Logos Consulting, on Ethical Response to Crisis (Chair).

Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series, University of Nevada, Reno, February 28, 2007. The Future is Diversity: A Panel Discussion About Journalism (Chair).

Under Siege: Truth, Journalism and an Informed Citizenry. A talk by distinguished investigative journalist Charles Lewis (Chair). As part of the Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series, University of Nevada, Reno, February 28, 2007.

The Great Wilderness Compromise: Journalism and Environmentalism. A talk by Jon Christensen (Chair). As part of the Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series, University of Nevada, Reno, January 30, 2007.

Media Technology: Love It or Limit It? A talk by Dr. Langdon Winner (Chair). As part of the Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series, University of Nevada, Reno, September 25, 2006.

Media and Communications at a Crossroads. (Invited participant). Ford Foundation, New York, 2006.

Critical issues in New Media Research and Practice. (Invited panel participant). Online News Association, Educators Division. Washington, DC. 2006.

Beyond the Danish Cartoons: An Interactive Discussion. (Chair). As part of the Fred W. Smith Ethics Seminar Series, University of Nevada, Reno, January 30, 2005.

Academy for Environment Colloquia, Wildfire In The Lake Tahoe Basin: Assessing The Risk, Gauging The Response (Chair and organizer). Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, 19 April, 2006.

Handbook of Computer Networks. Reviewer, for article on Online Communities. Published by J. Wiley & Sons, 2006.

The Forth Estate: Perspectives on Change (chair). New York State Communication Association. 2004.

Webcasting and the Future of the Broadcasting Business. Reviewer for The Internet Encyclopedia. Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2002.

International Communication Association, co-organizer panel, Negotiating the Boundaries of Information and Communication Technologies, Washington, D.C., 2001.

New York State Communication Association, Contemplating life on “Internet Time.” New York, 2001.

Broadcast Education Association, “Telecommunication law and policy: The ‘public interest principle’ after the Telecommunications Act of 1996,” Panel organizer and chair. Las Vegas, April, 1997.

Broadcast Education Association, “Using multimedia materials without copyright infringement.” Panelist, Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, April, 1997.


Selected Awards

Participant, Reynolds Tri-State Student Business Plan competition (2008). The Tri-State is an invitation-only event where the top two teams (undergraduate & graduate) from three states compete for cash awards totaling $90,000. (Recognition shared with M.Jurkonis, co-instructor).

Participant, Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Student Business Plan competition, 2008. The University of Nevada "Go Green Outdoors" team, coached by Lenert and Jurkonis, won second place and $10,000 for its "Web 2.0" business plan for an online resource center for green culture news, information and user forum. (Recognition shared with M. Jurkonis, co-instructor).

Rockwood Fellowship in Media, Communications and Information Policy, Berkeley, CA, 2007. 

Participant, Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup, Student Business Plan competition 2007. Three finalist teams, and one third place winner in graduate division, $5,000. (Recognition shared with M. Jurkonis, co-instructor).

The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism 2007. Award for the creative use of new information ideas and technologies to involve citizens. (Recognition shared with Univ. of Nevada Faculty members Dailey, Goldbaum, Ryfe, Mensing).

Online News Association 2007, Top Student Journalism site: (tied with University of Arizona “Border Beat”. (Recognition shared with Recognition shared with Univ. of Nevada Faculty members Dailey, Goldbaum, Ryfe, Mensing).

National Center for Business Journalism, University of Arizona. Inaugural Fellow, Reynolds Center Business Journalism Professors Seminar. (Selected to participate in the 2007 program).

World Association of Newspapers, Research fellowship award, 2006. Faculty fellowship awarded to attend the WAN conference in Moscow, Russia, 2006.

The City University of New York, Major Institutional Grants for Public Service, 2002.

International Radio and Television Society Foundation, 2001. Faculty Seminar Participant.

Queens College President’s Award for Innovative Teaching, “Webcasting from Queens College.”  September 2000.

Nominee, Queens College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000.

University of Montana, Billings, Technology and Instructional Innovation Grant. The Chi Project:  Using Multimedia Across the Curriculum. Grant co-authored with David Karnos, Ph.D. 1995 - 1996.

International Engineering Consortium, IEC University Faculty Grant recipient, 1994, 1995, 1997.

Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award, 1994. Recognized as the top dissertation in the field in a national competition sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association, Washington, D.C.

Finalist, University of Texas Dissertation Award, 1993.

John E. Mankin—Texas Cable TV Association Fellowship, 1991-1992. University of Texas at Austin.

Robert Gorden Sproul Award, 1982. Award for contributions in the areas of leadership, scholarship and service. UC Berkeley Alumni Association.


Selected Production Credits

KNPB-TV, Reno. Co-producer, “What Limits to Freedom of Expression? Beyond the Danish Cartoons,” a 90 minute television presentation, 2006. (with D. Santina).

OurTahoe.org. Co-developer of an open-source interactive journalistic website (with C. Campbell, D. Ryfe, L. Dailey, and D. Mensing). 2005- present. 

Director, Webcasting Education Center at Queens Project (WECQ.org), 2000-2003.

Executive Producer, Digital Storytelling: The Queens Experience, 2002.

KLRN-TV, San Antonio. Supervising co-producer, “Breaking the chain,” a domestic violence prevention public service announcement. Spring, 1997.


Selected Public and University Service

Graduate Program, Interactive Environmental Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. Co-developer with C. Campbell and D. Mensing, 2005-2007.

Online News Association, USA.  Educator Committee, Member. 2005-2006.

Faculty Personnel Committee, School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. Member, 2005-2007; Chair, 2007-2008.

Honors Program Faculty, The University of Nevada, Reno. 2006.


Selected Professional and Communication Associations

New York State Communication Association, President, 2003-2004. (Vice president, 2002-2003).

Online News Association, USA, member 2005 – 2008.

Broadcast Education Association, Peer reviewer, 2006.

International Association for Public Participation, 2005.

International Communication Association, member 2000 – present.

Communication and Technology Interest Group, Peer reviewer and Discussion Respondent, 2000-2003.

Editorial Review Board, Scientific Journals International (Communication & Media), 2004.


Some additional background about me, and links to photos and blogs

Michael Edward Lenert, also known as "Ed" or "Edward," was born in September 1961, in Sacramento, CA to Dr. Charles and Dr. Sigrid Lenert. He attended public and private schools in Sacramento County, and graduated from Jesuit High School (Carmichael, CA) in 1979.

Travel writings and blog

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Blog on journalism and media blog (pending)