Associate Professor, University of Arizona
President-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists
David Cuillier is an associate professor and director at the School of Journalism at University of Arizona. His research areas include citizen and press access to government information, including public attitudes toward freedom of information, the state of access, and strategies for increasing transparency. He is currently the president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists.
President, Editorial Projects in Education
Editor-in-Chief, Education Week and edweek.org
Virginia Edwards is editor-in-chief of Education Week, the primary newspaper of record for pre-collegiate education in the U.S. She has worked for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was an editor and reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.
Sam Chaltain is a DC-based writer and education activist. He works with schools, school districts and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments. Previously, Chaltain served as national director of the Forum for Education & Democracy and founding director of the Five Freedoms Project. He spent five years at the First Amendment Center as the co-director of the First Amendment Schools program. His work have appeared in both magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Education Week and USA Today. A contributor to CNN and Huffington Post, Sam is also the author or co-author of six books.
Larry Watts is a plaintiffs’ civil-rights attorney in Missouri City, Texas. A graduate of Baylor Law School, Watts has more than 40 years’ experience representing clients in state and federal courts. He represented the student plaintiff in a nationally publicized First Amendment case, Doe v. Silsbee Independent School District, in which a federal appeals court ruled that a high school cheerleader had no protected right to refuse to participate in a cheer for the student athlete accused of sexually assaulting her.
Leanne Tippett Mosby
Leanne Tippett Mosby was one of the original student journalist plaintiffs in the landmark Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier case while working as an editor on The Spectrum at Hazelwood East High School. Mosby now serves as Deputy Director of Operations for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri.
Professor, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Diana Hess is professor of education in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also author of the award-winning book Controversy in the Classroom: Democratic Power of Discussion (2009), which received the 2009 research award from the National Council for the Social Studies.
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government
Kelly O’Brien teaches grant proposal writing and professional communication for the Master of Public Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. She led the drafting and publication of the 2010 North Carolina Civic Health Index and her research is published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Popular Government, and the Kappa Delta Pi Record.
Executive Director, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
Ted McConnell serves as executive director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools (CMS), a coalition of more than 60 national organizations committed to improving quality and quantity of civic learning in our nation’s schools.
David Hudson is a writer for firstamendmentcenter.org and several other First Amendment advocacy publications. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 books including Let the Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools (2011), and The Rights of Students (2004).
Principal, Discovery High School
John Robinson is principal of Discovery High School in Newton, N.C. He was born in Concord and received his B.A. in English from UNC-Charlotte.
Krystal Myers was editor of her high school newspaper as a senior at Lenoir City High School. She currently attends the University of Tennessee.
Kathleen LaRoue teaches honors world history II, global connections, and AP world history at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey
Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey was one of the original student journalist plaintiffs in the landmark Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier case.
Emily Gold Waldman
Professor, Pace Law School
Emily Gold Waldman joined the Pace Law School faculty, where she teaches Constitutional Law and Law and Education, in 2006 after clerking for the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She served as the chair of the AALS Section on Education Law during the 2011-2012 school year, and is currently on its Executive Committee. She also wrote an influential law review article on the Hazelwood decision in 2008, “Returning to Hazelwood’s Core: A New Approach to Restrictions on School-Sponsored Speech” 60 Fla. L. Rev. 63 (2008).
Attorney,Tharrington Smith and Wake County School
Ann Majestic is the lead attorney for the school boards of Wake and Moore County, and the Durham Public Schools. She also works at Tharrington Smith.
Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
Frank LoMonte is an experienced commercial litigation attorney who joined 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.
Francisco M. Negrón, Jr.
Associate Executive Director/ General Counsel, National School Boards Association
Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. is Associate Executive Director and General Counsel of the National School Boards Association. A proud product of public schools, Negrón is a leading national advocate for public schools, directing NSBA’s nationally recognized Legal Advocacy Program, which files more amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and in federal & state appellate courts across the country each year than all national education associations combined. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law and also holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of West Florida. Mr. Negrón regularly appears in national media outlets as a spokesperson for public schools.
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean, UC-Irvine School of Law
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean and a distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, most recently, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (October 2010, Simon & Schuster), and nearly 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University Department of Communication
Dan Kozlowski is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Saint Louis University, where he teaches free expression and a variety of journalism and media courses. He also holds a secondary appointment in SLU’s School of Law. He received his master’s degree from Saint Louis University and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Legal Director, ACLU
Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School
Steven R. Shapiro is the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s oldest and largest civil liberties organization. Shapiro is also an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Columbia Law School, and a frequent speaker and writer on civil liberties issues. He represented student Joseph Frederick in the Supreme Court case of Morse v. Frederick in 2007(also known as the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case.)
Mary Rose Papandrea
Boston College Law Professor
Visiting Professor UNC School of Law
Mary Rose Papandrea is an associate professor at the Boston College School of Law and is currently a visiting professor at the UNC School of Law. Professor Papandrea’s teaching interests include civil procedure, constitutional law, media law, and national security and civil liberties.