NEWS RELEASE: SPLC board adds leading journalism educator, prominent D.C. litigator





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2017
Contact: Frank D. LoMonte, SPLC Executive Director
director@splc.org or 202-785-5450

A leading expert in high-school journalism education and a partner in one of America's largest law firms are joining the volunteer governing board of the Student Press Law Center.

The SPLC, a Washington, D.C.-based advocate for First Amendment rights and open government in colleges and schools, unanimously elected Chicago journalism teacher Logan Aimone and Washington, D.C., litigation attorney Joe Esposito to serve on the Center's 15-member board effective Jan. 1.

“Joe Esposito and Logan Aimone have been loyal supporters of the SPLC's work for many years, each bringing decades' worth of dedicated service to the betterment of student journalists' rights, and it will be a special thrill to work closely with them as colleagues,” said attorney Frank D. LoMonte, executive director of the SPLC. “This is a time of extraordinary challenge for us at the Student Press Law Center, with a bright national spotlight on the need to better prepare young people to analyze information and apply it in their civic lives. Adding these exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced board members will put us in the best possible position to capitalize on the opportunities that await in 2017 and beyond.”

The new members will serve three-year terms with eligibility for one three-year renewal.

Logan Aimone teaches journalism at University of Chicago Laboratory High School, where he advises the newspaper and yearbook staffs. For six years, he led the National Scholastic Press Association and Associated

Collegiate Press as executive director, and later he was on the team at School Newspapers Online. He spent the first decade of his career teaching journalism at Wenatchee High School in Washington state, where his students were recognized in the state and nationally for coverage of important, relevant and sometimes-controversial stories.

A frequent presenter at conventions and workshops, he has received the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key, NSPA’s Pioneer Award and was a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and Special Recognition Adviser. In Washington state, he was adviser of the year and received the Fern Valentine Freedom of Expression Award. He co-authored two textbooks. He has a B.A. from Central Washington University, a M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds Master Journalism Educator certification from the Journalism Education Association.

Joe Esposito is a partner in the Washington office of Hunton & Williams LLP, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Joe’s trial experience ranges from a jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia between competitors in the student loan industry and a patent infringement jury trial in Trenton, New Jersey, concerning memory chips, to a customs fraud jury trial in the Court of International Trade, an antitrust suit in Iowa, and a corporate tax case in the U.S. Tax Court.

Joe is a member of the American Law Institute. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Law, and on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He also serves on the volunteer mediator panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Joe is Advocacy Vice-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. He also co-chairs the Membership Subcommittee of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the Section of Litigation.

He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was City Editor of The Spectrum and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served on the Annual Survey of American Law. After law school, he served federal trial and appellate judicial clerkships, then practiced on Wall Street before moving to Washington.

Aimone and Esposito succeed longtime board members Mary Stapp, a Washington, D.C. journalism teacher and Kevin Corcoran, an executive with Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, whose terms expired Dec. 31.

Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has been devoted to educating high school and college journalists about their rights and responsibilities in gathering information and sharing ideas, and advocating for the rights of students to freely cover issues of social and political importance. The SPLC is a donor-supported IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit, providing free legal and educational resources online at www.splc.org.

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