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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Roxann Elliott, Publications Fellow

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. 

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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

Evelyn Andrews, Reporting Intern

Evelyn Andrews is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia where she studied journalism, political science, communication studies and new media. She has worked for The Red & Black, the student newspaper, and Flagpole Magazine, a local alternative weekly, covering civic issues, local politics and campus news. She interned at CNN.com where she curated content for the homepage, helped manage the mobile app and reported on trending stories. Evelyn also served as a stringer for the Associated Press on election nights. Her interests include using new media tools for journalism, politics, civic issues and transparency in government.

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Kaelynn Knoernschild, Reporting Intern

Kaelynn Knoernschild is a senior at Oklahoma State University where she studies multimedia journalism. She has been a part of the editorial board at The O’Colly, the university’s student newspaper, and has covered crime and courts for the newspaper. She most recently helped pioneer the newspaper’s investigative team. Previously, Kaelynn interned for The Journal Record in Oklahoma City, OK, where she covered business, health care and law, among other topics. Her interests include First Amendment law, open government and access to public records.

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Shea Smith, Outreach Intern

Shea Smith is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, where she studies journalism and human relations. She has most recently worked as a digital-web intern at KOCO Channel 5 in Oklahoma, as a contributing political reporter for the Huffington Post and she is approaching her fourth year as a staff writer for The Odyssey. For the past two years, Shea has been involved with OU Nightly, the universities’ student-run newscast, and Sooner Sports Pad. Her interests include free speech, censorship and politics. 

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Holly Speck, Outreach Intern

Holly Speck is a senior at the University of Richmond, where she studies journalism and anthropology. She most recently worked for Richmond Magazine as a social media and editorial intern, where she live tweeted stories, managed social media content, and produced original stories. Previously, she interned with The New York Times reporter, Ian Urbina, as a research and social media intern for his series The Outlaw Ocean, which focused on ocean law and human rights. Holly co-started the first broadcast journalism club at her university – Arachnomedia, and is very intent on exploring how digital media can produce immediate and interesting forms of content. Her interests include student journalism and activism, freedom of speech and how social media can effectively be used as an instrument for social changes.

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