SPLC News Release: http://www.splc.org/article/2017/03/lomonte-brechner
March 29, 2017
Message from UF JSchool Dean McFarlin:
I am very pleased to announce that Frank LoMonte will be joining us this summer as the new director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information.
Frank has been the executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C., since 2008. Prior to that, he practiced law with Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP in Atlanta and clerked for federal judges in the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, Frank was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. He was a capitol correspondent for the Florida Times Union, Washington correspondent for Morris News Service and Atlanta bureau chief for Morris.
His teaching credentials include Otis Brumby Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Georgia Law School in Spring-Summer 2014. He has been a lecturer there since 2015, teaching “Law of Social Media.”
He received his B.A. in political science from Georgia State University in 1994 and graduated magna cum laude in 2000 from the University of Georgia School Of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review.
Frank is also a prolific writer. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review and other outlets.
We are so fortunate that someone of Frank’s stature and experience will be guiding our efforts to build on the Brechner heritage, while broadening the center’s scope to address emerging media-related legal issues. You can read more about Frank and our plans in the attached press release, which is being distributed today.
We also are deeply grateful to Sandi Chance for leading the center and our FOI advocacy for nearly two decades. Her efforts made Brechner a leader among organizations working valiantly to protect public access.