What is the ASNE Legal Hotline?
The popularity of the Coffee with Your Counsel sessions at the recent ASNE-APME conferences were a strong indication that news leaders have legal questions on a regular basis. Because it's important we provide answers to our members in an easy, timely manner, we decided to launch the ASNE Legal Hotline, a virtual Coffee with Your Counsel. Made possible by generous grants from the Charles Koch Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, this legal service is a permanent benefit of ASNE membership. Read this story by the Koch Foundation to learn more about the hotline.
How does it work?
ASNE members can run their legal questions by ASNE Legal Counsel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "ASNE Legal Hotline." Members can also join the member-only Facebook group and get conversations going.
There will be some limits to the hotline. ASNE Counsel will do their best to explain the legal issues surrounding each question, but are not an expert in the specific laws of every state, nor are they licensed to practice in every state. Thus, any discussions members have through the hotline are not to be construed or taken as "legal advice" and are not to be used as a substitute for obtaining their own legal counsel.