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NEWS RELEASE: Law firms volunteer to provide emergency-response assistance for student journalists covering Democratic, Republican conventions

(07/08/16 11:09am)

The Student Press Law Center and two major national law firms are offering student journalists free legal help around-the-clock if they encounter emergencies at the July 2016 Democratic and Republican conventions.








Award recognizes Fairmont State college journalists for fighting censorship, retaliation

(11/01/15 7:29pm)

Student editors at the West Virginia university have faced a barrage of threats, intimidation and punishment, including the unexplained removal of their well-credentialed and supportive faculty adviser, following coverage of toxic mold problems in campus housing. The award, co-sponsored by LSU's journalism school and the Associated Collegiate Press, recognizes college journalists for their fortitude in the face of institutional resistance. 






RELEASE: Protect students’ rights to express dissent with school dress codes, SPLC tells federal appeals court

(06/25/15 7:14pm)

In a friend-of-the-court brief with a federal court of appeals, the Student Press Law Center argues that a ruling which allowed a Nevada school to punish two brothers who non-disruptively protested a school uniform code should be overturned, on the basis of the First Amendment. 


Free-speech groups urge Kansas court to set boundaries for college punitive authority over students' off-campus social media speech

(06/09/15 2:16pm)

In a friend-of-the-court brief, First Amendment groups say a Kansas district court correctly ruled that the University of Kansas lacked authority to punish a student for violating a no-contact order on the basis of insulting tweets on a privacy-protected Twitter account.


SPLC Supports N.Y. Student-Rights Attorney Whose Legal Fees Were Slashed Despite Victory

(04/30/15 1:15pm)

The SPLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday with the New York-based Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals urging the court to restore reasonable fees for attorney Ronald McGuire, who represented the student editors of the College Voice newspaper at the College of Staten Island in a long-running First Amendment battle with their school.



Press-rights groups support Florida college journalists’ demand for fraternity discipline records

(03/16/15 6:12pm)

The SPLC brief, filed with Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, argues that the student privacy statute, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), cannot constitutionally be applied to obstruct compliance with state open-records laws.