The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic announced today the launch of the Free Expression Legal Network, a coalition of law school clinicians and academic non-clinicians who provide pro bono legal support for public interest journalism.
“Reporters today face many obstacles in covering public officials and public issues, just as they are confronted with a dramatic resources crunch,” said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee and co-chair of the FELN steering committee. “Law school clinics, academics, nonprofits, and funders are stepping up to meet this growing need for pro bono legal services. We are excited by the response of this community to these challenges.”
At its launch, FELN includes 22 law school clinics that provide students hands-on experience representing journalists and documentary filmmakers, among others. The network also includes two dozen law professors who frequently write and research in the areas of free expression, media law and government transparency. The clinicians and professors are joining in a network to promote collaboration and to better meet this challenging environment for transparency and free expression...
(Included in network):
- UC-Berkeley Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
- UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic
- UCLA Documentary Film Legal Clinic
- UCLA Scott & Cyan Banister First Amendment Clinic
Full release at https://www.rcfp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FELN-Release.pdf