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.
Mariana Viera is a first-year law student at American University's Washington College of Law. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia where she studied public affairs journalism and political science. She also wrote for The Red and Black, UGA's independent student newspaper. She previously interned at the SPLC as a reporting intern. Her interests include First Amendment law, copyright law, and tort law.
Lev Facher is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a B.A. in economics and served as the managing editor of The Michigan Daily. He has interned previously at Michigan Radio and the San Francisco Chronicle, and past work has been published by the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press. His interests include media-rights law, politics and university administration, and in his free time, college football and exploring Washington, D.C.
Mary Tyler March is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Journalism and Communication Studies. Mary Tyler was a state and national news reporter and the managing editor of her student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, during her time at UNC. She previously interned at CNN International where she helped produce news segments, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette where she reported on education and statewide news. Her interests include First Amendment law, censorship and access to public records.