Protecting Journalists Pro Bono Program
Protecting Journalists is a joint pro bono collaboration between Microsoft and Davis Wright Tremaine.
The mission is to make pro bono legal services available to journalists and small newsrooms that cannot otherwise afford legal representation. Our program consists of three workstreams: Pre-publication review, access to public records, and defending journalists against subpoenas for confidential information. The pilot has launched in Washington state and selected parts of Northern and Southern California with exceptions nationally for pre-publication review matters.
We are currently in a pilot phase and receiving matters on a case-by-case basis, working in partnership with three nonprofits: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, First Amendment Coalition, and Washington Coalition for Open Government. Our goal is to support a free and robust press, and we aim to provide support regardless of the point of view of the writer. Before accepting a matter, however, we must ensure we have no conflicts and that the matter falls within the current scope of our program. Consequently, if we decline a matter, it is not necessarily an indication that the matter is not appropriate for legal representation, only that we are unable to assist, due to conflict, timing, resource, or other constraints.
Partner News Organizations
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any general questions or comments. We'll do our best to respond as soon as possible. Please note that we cannot accept requests for legal representation through this email. As noted above, requests for assistance under this program should be directed to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, First Amendment Coalition, or Washington Coalition for Open Government.