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Michael Jablonski

 Houda Abadi Michael Jablonski is a Presidential Doctoral Fellow in the TCV initiative. His research concentrates on the political economy of information, especially consequences of circumventing blockages to communication flows. He examines effects of communication flows in various networks facilitating political communication, terrorism, the legal system, international communication, and transcultural conflicts. He is currently conducting a study funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism exploring the susceptibility of journalists to message manipulation by terrorists. Mr. Jablonski brings to TCV unique experiences from actively practicing law and consulting in political communication. He represents for public office and elected officials in communication-related litigation across the country. His clients have included governors of five states as well as state supreme court justices, members of Congress, and state officials. He was trial counsel in a series of national cases and before the Federal Communications Commission that reformed practices for the sale of broadcast political advertising. In 2012 he successfully represented President Obama in multiple cases challenging the president's constitutional qualifications to hold office. Mr. Jablonski was lead trial and appellate counsel in litigation winning the largest Telephone Consumer Protection Act judgment in the nation. Mr. Jablonski ran a national political communications strategy firm for four years that advised numerous technology companies. For 35 years he has contributed speeches, briefing materials, debate preparation, advertising scripts, and persuasion strategies to candidates for public office. He has published in Global Media Journal, Engage, Mercer Law Review, Fulton County Daily Report, and The Atlanta Lawyer. He is a former editor of the State Bar of Georgia Journal and presently sits on the editorial board of The Atlanta Lawyer, where he was formerly editor-in-chief. He is currently working with Dr. Shawn Powers on a book about the political economy of internet freedom to be published by the University of Illinois Press. At Georgia State he has taught Political Communication, Political Speechwriting, Communication & Terrorism, Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Communication & Conflict, Communication Law & Regulation, and Media Writing. He holds degrees in economics and in law from Emory University.


Books, Chapters, Articles, Papers


  • Shawn Powers and Michael Jablonski,Shawn Powers and Michael Jablonski,The Real Cyberwar: Political Economy of Internet Freedom. In preparation, under contract to University of Illinois Press. Expected publication in 2014.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Polls as persuasion instruments in public diplomacy: a case study of ‘Guerrilla Polls’ in Syria.” Global Media Journal  . Fall 2012. 
  • Doug Chalmers, Jr. and Michael Jablonski. “The Potential Impact on Campaign Finance Regulation of SpeechNow.org v. FEC.” Engage. Volume 11, Issue 2. September 2010.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Leadership Awards to be presented to Jeffrey O. Bramlett and Judge Clarence Cooper.” The Atlanta Lawyer. February/March 2010: 5-6.
  • Randy Evans and Michael Jablonski. “Guardians of fair elections.” Fulton County Daily Report, October 10, 2008.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Voter Registration, HAVA, and Provisional Ballots” in Georgia Election Law. Athens GA: Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. 2008.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Voter Registration - Getting People on the List Who Should Be There, Getting People Off the List Who Shouldn’t” in Georgia Election Law. Athens GA: Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. 2006.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Lawyer Barnes Takes Charge.” State Bar of Georgia Journal. Vol. 4, Issue 3. 1999: 10.
  • Mark Gannon and Michael Jablonski. "Workers' Compensation" in "Annual Survey of Georgia Law," Mercer Law Review, Vol. 33, No. 1. Fall 1981.
  • Michael Jablonski, Service of Subpoenas Under Georgia Law  . Athens, GA: Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. 1994.
  • Michael Jablonski. "Discovery and Trial Preparation in Civil Cases" in Georgia Lawyer's Basic Practice Handbook. Athens, GA: Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. 1990, 1991, 1992.
  • Michael Jablonski, "Discovery and Trial Preparation In Civil Cases and Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution" in Georgia Lawyer's Basic Practice Handbook. Athens, GA: Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. 1993.
  • Michael Jablonski. “New Echota.” The Rambler   . Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Spring 1986.
  • Michael Jablonski. “New Manchester – Plans Underway for Preserving Old Town.” The Rambler, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Fall/Winter 1985.
  • Melissa Wade (ed.) and Michael  Jablonski (author). Health Care: Handbook for High School Debaters and Debate Coaches. Emory University, 1977.

Academic Presentations


  • Michael Jablonski. Michael Jablonski. “Guerrilla Polling” in Syria: Opinion Polls or Public Diplomacy Tool?”
  • Michael Jablonski.  "Technology as a Tool in Organizing Mass Uprisings: Tactical Misdirection in Egypt," International Studies Association - South, Atlanta GA October 13, 2012

Legal Presentations


  • Michael Jablonski. “Organizing to Protect the Right to Vote.” Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials. Macon GA. February 26, 2011.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Developments in Voting Rights Law,” American Constitution Society. Atlanta. October 22, 2010.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Voter Registration, HAVA, and Provisional Ballots.” Georgia Election Law Institute. Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. Atlanta. 2008.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Campaign Do’s and Don’ts.” Election Law Seminar. Atlanta. Lorman Education Services. 2008.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Voter Registration.” Georgia Election Law Seminar. Atlanta. Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. 2006.
  • Michael Jablonski. "Discovery and Trial Preparation in Civil Cases." Bridge the Gap. State Bar of Georgia. Atlanta.1990, 1991, 1992, 1993.
  • Roy Barnes, Gladys Briggs, Michael Jablonski. “Don't Let the Tail Wag the Dog: Overcoming Legal Intimidation.” Marietta GA. Atlanta Claims Association. 1992.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Workers’ Compensation Institute.” State Bar of Georgia/Institute of Continuing Legal Education. St. Simons Island GA. Chaired conference. 1989.

Other Presentations

 

  • Michael Jablonski. “Presentation of Glenn Pelham Award to Tara Tate,” LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament, Birmingham AL. June 20, 2013. 
  • Michael Jablonski. A conversation with Michael Jablonski: Life as a speechwriter." Agnes Scott College, March 5, 2013.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Presentation of Glenn Pelham Award to Dr. Rich Edwards,” LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament, Indianapolis IN. June 14, 2012.      
  • Michael Jablonski.  “Presentation of Glenn Pelham Award to Eric DiMichele,” LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament, Kansas City MO. June 17, 2010.
  • Michael Jablonski. “The Best Campaign Team Ever,” Southern Employee Benefits Conference 40th Educational Conference. Asheville NC. May 14, 2009.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Why Students Don’t Vote.” Georgia State University, Black Students Association. Atlanta. October 1, 2008.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Presentation of Glenn Pelham Award to Betty Whitlock,” LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament, Wichita KS. June 21, 2007.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Politics as Sport,” Southern Employee Benefits Conference Atlanta Fly-in. April 24, 2007.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Media Guidelines for Campaign Managers,” Democratic National Committee Campaign Academy. Decatur GA. 1996.
  • Michael Jablonski. “Presidential Campaign Advertising on Television.” Ad 2 Atlanta. November 17, 1992.