Staff

Frank LoMonte, Executive Director

Frank LoMonte joined SPLC in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland 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 for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, and in many other outlets.
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Adam Goldstein, Attorney Advocate

Adam Goldstein graduated from Fordham University School of Law in May 2002. He received his undergraduate degree in Internet journalism from Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where he was editor-in-chief of the FCLC Observer. For three years, Goldstein worked as a freelance producer and editor for FoxNews.com.
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Karin Flom, Outreach and Development Associate

Karin Flom grew up in North Dakota and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010. For three and a half years in high school she worked on a student publication which drew her to the SPLC's job posting for an Outreach and Development Associate. Before joining SPLC in August 2014 she had two positions in development focusing on the day to day operations of fundraising. She has also spent a year in South Korea as an ESL teacher.
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Stephanie J. Leibert, Project Coordinator

Stephanie Leibert has made it her life’s mission to empower young women and ensure their voices are heard. She is excited to be joining Active Voice after years of mentoring current college students and young alum of her alma mater, Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. Leibert graduated Magna Cum Laude with from Barnard in 2004 with honors in Political Science. After graduation, Leibert accepted a full-tuition Fellowship to Hofstra Law School where she graduated Cum Laude and served as editor of the Family Law Review, and graduated with the prestigious honor as Distinguished Scholar in the Field of Constitutional Law. After three years practicing corporate litigation, Leibert enrolled in a Masters of Teaching Program where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and first in her class. With three years of litigation experience and over six years working in public high school education, she is thrilled to be a part of Active Voice's pilot program.
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Mike Hiestand, Project Attorney

Mike Hiestand grew up in Alaska and is a graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Marquette University's College of Journalism and Cornell Law School. Hiestand was the Student Press Law Center's staff attorney from 1991-2003. Over the years, he has assisted nearly 15,000 student journalists and advisers. He now works from the West Coast on occasional projects for the SPLC.
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Interns

Kaitlin DeWulf, Reporting Intern

Kaitlin DeWulf is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science. She has worked as a political reporter for the Daily Iowan and as a correspondent for PolitiFact Iowa. Kaitlin has done extensive legal research under UI Associate Professor Tim Hagle to compile a database of every case filed to the United States Supreme Court in order to assess the factors surrounding why which were accepted or denied. She is most interested in reporting on issues such as censorship and prior restraint in student media.

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Brooke Bean, Reporting Intern

Brooke Bean is a senior at George Washington University, where she is studying journalism and is a member of the women's soccer team. She most recently interned with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Bethesda, Md. She logged live events, wrote highlights for the evening show and assisted producers in the editing process. She has also interned with Raise High TV, where she filmed live sporting events, edited videos and directed live streams. Brooke is most interested in access to information, censorship and how online technology, like Twitter and Facebook, will affect First Amendment law.

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Kelcey Caulder, Outreach Intern

Kelcey Caulder is a junior at the University of Georgia, where she studies journalism and history. She has served on the editorial board of multiple student media publications, including Ampersand Magazine, The Hiltonian and InfUSion Magazine. Previously, she interned at BNO News, a global news wire service, where she covered topics ranging from environmental issues and politics to international breaking news. She has also worked for the Morgan County Citizen in Madison, GA, and the Cherokee Ledger-News in Canton, GA. Her interests include equal and free access to information, civil rights, First Amendment law and politics.

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Ryan Tarinelli, Reporting Intern

Ryan Tarinelli is a soon-to-graduate journalism major at the University of Idaho. During his time at UI, he has held several editorial positions at the student newspaper, The Argonaut, including news editor, opinion editor and managing editor. He previously completed internships at The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, and at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a Dow Jones News Fund intern. His interests include free speech, new media, politics and student journalism.

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