LSKS attorneys actively seek out pro bono publico opportunities in the areas of law in which we practice, regularly undertaking representation of journalists and others whose free speech rights are infringed, who receive subpoenas seeking their confidential sources or their notes, or who seek to compel the government to provide access to proceedings or documents, but do not have the financial wherewithal to retain counsel. We also advise public interest clients on a range of digital issues, and our attorneys partner with non-governmental organizations to push for protections for free expression around the world and to help shape developing countries’ open records and defamation laws.
The firm has institutional relationships with several civic organizations as part of this effort:
- NAACP. For close to two decades, LSKS attorneys have counseled the NAACP concerning the speech and associational aspects of its civil rights activities and, where necessary, have defended the NAACP against defamation and similar claims arising from its work. In July 2006, the NAACP presented LSKS with its Civil Rights Champion Award “for outstanding pro bono service and commitment to advancing civil rights and social justice.”
- ACLU. LSKS attorneys have served as cooperating attorneys with the ACLU representing individuals and groups in successfully protecting citizens’ First Amendment freedoms and their right to access government information.
- Human Rights Watch. Over the past several years, LSKS attorneys have counseled Human Rights Watch on various content-related matters, including prepublication review of reports raising significant national security concerns, advice on international libel claims, and defense against subpoenas for confidential records developed in the course of human rights investigations.