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Why Join MLRC?

MLRC provides media organizations and leading media attorneys with the essential tools they need to advance First Amendment and media rights, and fosters a supportive community in which counsel can discuss emerging legal issues and prepare for the future of communication.

Through our publications, conferences, committees, and advocacy work, our members are exceptionally well informed, connected, and engaged.

Publications: From daily news briefings to practice guides, case updates to scholarly analysis, MLRC publishes a wealth of timely information that responds to the diverse needs of its membership.

Conferences: MLRC’s conferences introduce members to industry experts, academics, policy makers, and, of course, each other. Annual forums and ad hoc topic-driven meetings focus on key, cutting-edge media issues.

Committees: Through MLRC's committee structure, members collaborate to make positive and visible contributions to the field of media and First Amendment law. Committees include advertising and commercial speech, entertainment law, employment law, and Internet law, among others.

Advocacy: MLRC works with its membership on responding to legislative and policy proposals and in promoting First Amendment and free expression rights.

To join, please choose from one of our membership categories. (Not sure where you fit? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Media Members

The following organizations qualify for Media Membership:

  • All content creators, publishers, or distribution platforms, regardless of medium
  • Media trade associations or professional associations representing those who work for media organizations (such as journalists, authors, or production staff)
  • Media-related public interest organizations
  • Members of the media insurance industry

Other media-related organizations might also qualify; please feel free to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are not sure.

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Defense Counsel Section

Defense Counsel Section memberships are intended for law firms and solo practitioners that have pre-existing media defense experience, and pledge not to represent plaintiffs in defamation, privacy, newsgathering and related tort lawsuits or take steps in contemplation of such litigation against the media.

Firms need not be located in the United States to qualify for a Defense Section Counsel Section membership, but must be able to commit to the pledge described above. Non-U.S. law firms (including non-U.S. offices of U.S.-based Defense Counsel Section members) that cannot make this pledge may be eligible for Associate Membership (see below).

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Associate Membership

Associate Memberships are intended for non-U.S. based law firms that counsel media organizations and support the mission and efforts of MLRC and do not seek or encourage defamation or privacy lawsuits against the media.

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Academic Subscription

Academic Memberships are intended for those who, on a full-time basis, study and work on media law issues at universities, colleges, law schools, or other academic institutions. Academic members may include general counsel, faculty members, research fellows, and attorneys working in academic clinics or research projects.

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