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DAVE SCHULZ

Mr. Schulz has been described as the nation’s “leading access lawyer.”  He is regularly tapped to pursue novel theories to obtain access to government records and court proceedings,  and has succeeded in a number of precedent-setting cases, including those establishing the public’s rights to information about the Guantanamo detainees, FBI search warrant applications, wiretap information, and juror identifying information in such high-profile cases as the prosecutions of Martha Stewart and Michael Jackson.      

Mr. Schulz is also a recognized expert on national security reporting.  The New York Times called on him to advise it in connection with the WikiLeaks disclosures, and The Guardian and First Look Media sought his counsel on the disclosures made by Edward Snowden.  He has represented a number of reporters in national security leaks investigations.

In addition to his practice with the firm, Mr. Schulz teaches at Yale Law School, where he serves as co-director of Yale’s Media Freedom and Information Access clinic. That innovative student clinic provides free legal services to investigative journalists and pursues actions to expand rights of access to information in the defense of democracy. Mr. Schulz has served – for more than two decades – as one of five public members appointed by the Governor of New York to the state agency responsible for overseeing the implementation of open meetings, privacy, and freedom of information laws. Mr. Schulz is past chair of the Intellectual Property Council of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has served as past chair of the International Bar Association’s Media Law Committee, president of the Defense Counsel Section of the MLRC, and Governing Board Member of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. For many years, Mr. Schulz co-chaired a biennial conference on “Newsgathering and Libel Litigation” sponsored by the Practising Law Institute. Mr. Schulz also was a charter member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access, a national task force that produced principles to reconcile constitutional access rules with civil discovery procedures.