The MLRC Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit corporation created in 1988 to sponsor and support First Amendment education and research projects. It has received a grant from the Dow Jones Foundation to fund a one-year fellowship position. The WSJ-MLRC Institute Free Speech Fellow assists in supporting and further developing the Institute's First Amendment education and research projects.
The MLRC Institute Board thanks the Dow Jones Foundation and the Wall Street Journal for their continued support of the organization.
The MLRC Institute will be celebrating both Banned Books Week and Free Speech Week by setting up Speakers Bureau presentations across the country. If you are interested in hosting a presentation or partnering with us, please contact us at
Our projects include:
First Amendment Speakers Bureau
First Amendment Video Contest
White Paper on the Reporter's Privilege
Free Press in a Free Society
MLRC Institute Libel Quiz
MLRC Institute on Facebook
Trustees and Officers
Andrew M. Mar (Treasurer), Microsoft Corporation
Stephanie S. Abrutyn, Home Box Office
Robert D. Balin, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Kate Bolger, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz
Robert A. Feinberg, WNET
Jacob Goldstein, Dow Jones
Ashley Messenger, NPR
Lynn Oberlander, First Look Media
Mary Kate Tischler (Chair), CBS Broadcasting Inc.
George Freeman, MLRC Executive Director
Dorianne Van Dyke (Secretary), Staff Attorney at the MLRC Institute/WSJ-MLRC Institute Free Speech Fellow