Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Student Press Law Center, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.splc.org

Mission Statement

The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them. In addition, the SPLC operates a formal Attorney Referral Network of approximately 175 lawyers across the country who are available to provide free legal representation to local students when necessary. Approximately 2,000 student journalists, teachers and others contact the Center each year for help or information. Calls come from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The SPLC is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) corporation. The Center is headquartered in Arlington, Va, where it shares a suite of offices with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The organization is run by an executive director and a corporate board of directors composed primarily of journalism educators, professional journalists and attorneys. Approximately one-half of the SPLC's budget comes in the form of donations from student journalists and teachers. The remaining money comes from various foundations, corporations and individuals interested in First Amendment education.

Main Programs

  1. LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND DEFENSE
  2. Legal assistance
  3. Classroom (Educational) Resources
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

All 50 states

ruling year

1980

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Frank LoMonte

Keywords

Self-reported

censorship, student media, freedom of information, journalism education, media law, First Amendment, free speech, media literacy

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Also Known As

SPLC

EIN

52-1184647

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND DEFENSE

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND DEFENSE

Free telephone and e-mail information to student journalists, advisers and administrators on any media law topic.

Consultation with lawyers representing student journalists.

Filing friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of students in litigation.

Analysis of cases and litigation

Evaluation of existing publications guidelines and regulations, or the development of new ones

Referrals to local attorneys willing to represent students on a pro bono basis


EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

Speaking at journalism seminars and workshops

Special media law classes for student journalists and journalism educators

Offering internships for law and journalism students

Serving as a clearinghouse for information on the legal issues confronting the student press to the media and the public

Sponsoring the Scholastic Press Freedom Award and the Courage in Student Journalism Award, which recognize outstanding support for the free press rights of students by individual student journalists or student media.

PUBLICATIONS

The Student Press Law Center publishes a number of low-cost publications of special interest to student journalists, journalism educators, school administrators and attorneys. Among them: the SPLC Report, the Center's thrice yearly magazine and Law of the Student Press, 2nd Edition, a 269-page book that provides answers to all of the common legal problems faced by the student media.

SPLC WEB SITE

The Student Press Law Center Web site (www.splc.org) includes an Online Legal Clinic and a Virtual Lawyer that provide 24-hour help to student journalists and their advisers on a variety of media law topics. In addition, the Web site provides access to back issues of the Center's magazine, the SPLC Report, and offers students the opportunity to post specific questions directly to the SPLC legal staff.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

All 50 states

Social Media

Blog

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Financials

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Student Press Law Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Student Press Law Center, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Frank LoMonte

BIO

Frank LoMonte joined the SPLC after practicing with the Atlanta-based law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist in state Capitol bureaus in Florida and Georgia and in Washington, D.C., with the Morris newspaper chain. He graduated with high honors from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor with the Georgia Law Review.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Reginald Stuart

The McClatchy Company Silver Spring, Md.

Term: Jan 2013 - Jan 2014

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