Attorney and communications scholar James C. Goodale will deliver this year's address to the Gunnery in Washington in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Goodale will discuss "Frederick Gunn, Daniel Ellsberg, Martin Luther King: Civil Disobedients, All" at the Monday, Jan. 20, event at 9:40 a.m. in the lower gym at the private school in Washington.

The public is invited free of charge to attend the program at the 99 Green Hill Road school.

Goodale is perhaps best known for his role in successfully defending the New York Times at the Supreme Court in the historic 1971 case involving publication of the Pentagon Papers about U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

In 2013, he published a book, "Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles."

His career has included counsel at the New York Times from 1963 to 1980; the production of the weekly TV show "Digital Age," which anticipated the decline of network television; the emergence of cable news and the risk of the Internet to authoritarian regimes; and, since 1980, at the New York law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton.

From 1972 to 2007, he convened and organized the annual Communication Law Seminar at the Practicing Law Institute, in effect creating the specialty of communications law among commercial lawyers.

Goodale has been a professor on the faculties at the Yale and New York University law schools and has served as an affiliated scholar at New York Law School since 1977.

In 1986, he joined the faculty of Fordham Law School, where he teaches Old Media, New Media, the Internet and the First Amendment.

A longtime resident of Litchfield County, Goodale was a trustee of the Gunnery from 1978 to 1984, one of his many volunteer activities in education and communications.