FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2010

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., April 1, 2010 – Noted Washington attorneys Lee Levine and Cliff Sloan have joined The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council, it was announced today by Patrick D. Maines, president of the Institute.

Lee Levine is a founding partner of the national media law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, and is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.  He is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law.  Mr. Levine has litigated cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and has appeared in most federal courts of appeal and in the courts of more than 20 states.  He is a co-author of the treatise Newsgathering and the Law (2005) and the casebook Media and the Law (2009).  Mr. Levine is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Cliff Sloan is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, specializing in intellectual property, media, and entertainment.  He has litigated cases at all levels of federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, and matters in trial and district courts across the country.  He previously served as general counsel of the Washington Post Company’s online subsidiary and as publisher of Slate magazine.  Mr. Sloan has served in high-ranking positions in all three branches of the federal government, and is the author of The Great Decision (2009), a book about the Supreme Court’s Marbury v. Madison decision.

“Lee Levine and Cliff Sloan are two of the best additions we could make to the First Amendment Advisory Council,” said Patrick Maines.  “We are confident that the Council will benefit immensely from their experience.”

The First Amendment Advisory Council is chaired by Kurt Wimmer, Esq. of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington.  A complete list of First Amendment Advisory Council members can be found here.  The Media Institute is a nonprofit foundation in Washington, D.C., specializing in First Amendment and communications policy issues.  For more information visit