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.
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.
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.
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.
Roxann Elliott is a recent graduate from the journalism master’s program at the University of Colorado – Boulder. During her graduate career, she worked on the documentary, “Taking the Lede” as a student producer. The film focused on the exemplary journalism done by Colorado students in the 25 years since that state passed its Student Free Expression Law. This was her first introduction to the challenges facing student press around the country, and to the Student Press Law Center. After filming wrapped, she continued working to promote the film and grew increasingly impassioned around the topic of student free expression, which led her to apply for the Fellowship at SPLC. She grew up in Montana, and holds a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
James Hoyt is a University of Kansas senior receiving a degree in journalism and mass communications. Hoyt was a photographer, photo editor and a reporter at the University Daily Kansan, a USA TODAY College correspondent, and a multimedia intern for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. When he's not reading or writing the news, James can be found sampling D.C.'s fried chicken, getting way too emotionally invested in a round of Overwatch, or cleaning out the pub on trivia night.
Conner Mitchell is a sophomore at the University of Kansas, double majoring in journalism and political science. He served as a reporter and section editor at the University Daily Kansan, and is looking forward to returning to the Kansan once he resumes his education in the fall. His interests include open records reporting, access to information and First Amendment law.
Molly Cooke is a sophomore at Georgetown University where she studies linguistics, journalism and economics. She writes news features for The Hoya, Georgetown’s oldest and largest student news publication, where she has previously served as a News Assistant and Head of the Student Government Beat. She is also active as the Corresponding Secretary for the Philodemic Society at Georgetown, one of the oldest collegiate literary debating societies in the United States. Her interests unsurprisingly include issues of free speech and women’s equity. A Pennsylvania native, she considers it a personal goal to prove that Philadelphia is superior to Washington, D.C.
Jess Kelham-Hohler is a senior at Georgetown University, where she is studying English with minors in government and journalism. She recently finished a year-long term as editor-in-chief of The Hoya, Georgetown's campus newspaper. She has previously interned for Turner Commercial Productions, Apollo Art Magazine and The Economist. Her interests include digital media, women's rights and media law.