The web, it is often said, has lowered the barriers to entry in the publishing and journalism worlds. And that's true, but for one exception: legal services. There, start-ups, bloggers and stand alone journalists are at a disadvantage compared to Big Media. This network is trying to level the playing field for independent online producers. That's why it matters. That's why I support it.
- Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at NYU
The network is the right idea at the right time.
- Peter C. Canfield, Dow Lohnes PLLC
Liberty is fragile, weak, and heals slowly. She needs strong bodyguards. OMLN is a phalanx of lawyers committed to ensuring that the forces of censorship do not lay a hand on her. I was humbled and honored to be allowed to be a part of it.
- Marc Randazza, First Amendment lawyer
It's really important that new and innovative news organizations have access to the kinds of legal services OMLN is providing. A key part of our mission is working to ensure free access to public meetings and records, and that's impossible to do without great lawyers at your side.
- Geoff Dougherty, Chicago Current
OMLN provides a structure to address the legal needs of journalists working in a rapidly-changing industry. The availability of high-quality pro bono assistance will ensure that the standards, protections and values associated with traditional journalism remain constant in the face of technological innovation. Faegre & Benson is excited to be part of this ambitious initiative.
- Dianne Heins, Faegre & Benson LLP
There are a lot of things that take up my attention in running Spot.Us. We are building a nonprofit news organization from the ground up. It's a relief and boon that the legal questions and concerns I have can be tackled by OMLN.
- David Cohn, Spot.Us
OMLN makes legal representation a reality for publishers and creators of digital media who wouldn’t otherwise have access to expert legal counsel. As a law firm that prides itself on supporting creative entrepreneurs and innovative business organizations, Saper Law is proud to be a member of the OMLN network.
- Daliah Saper, Saper Law Offices, LLC