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Floyd Abrams, Nat Hentoff Join Media Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council

FOR RELEASE: May 3, 2004

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Arlington, Va., May 3, 2004 - Two of the nation's most respected First Amendment experts, attorney Floyd Abrams and author Nat Hentoff, have joined The Media Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council, it was announced today by Institute President Patrick D. Maines.

Floyd Abrams is a partner with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York. He is the William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has been a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School and instructor at Columbia University School of Law, and chaired several American Bar Association committees on freedom of speech and press. Mr. Abrams was co-counsel to the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and has argued numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nat Hentoff is a prolific author whose books and columns have earned him a reputation as a foremost authority on the First Amendment, the Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court. In addition to a weekly column in Village Voice, his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New Republic, Commonweal, Atlantic, and New Yorker, where he was a staff writer for more than 25 years. His latest book is The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance (2003).

"The addition of Floyd Abrams and Nat Hentoff greatly strengthens what was already perhaps the most powerful and distinguished First Amendment group in the country," said Mr. Maines. "At a time when the First Amendment is under increasing attack, we will be even better positioned to fight for freedom of speech and of the press."

A listing of the First Amendment Advisory Council is attached [See]. The Media Institute is a nonprofit foundation in Arlington, Va., specializing in First Amendment and communications policy issues. For more information visit