Ishiyama Transparency in Government Fellowship Program Information The Ishiyama Transparency in Government Fellowship is a two-year program designed to provide recent law school graduates with guidance and experience in First Amendment and media law.
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Support Government Accountability: The Ishiyama Transparency in Government Fellowship


The Ishiyama Transparency in Government Fellowship is designed for an outstanding recent law school graduate with an interest in First Amendment and media law. Under the guidance of NPR staff lawyers, the Fellow will work with journalists at NPR to obtain access to public records that shed light on government operations.

The basics
The Legal Fellow will help reporters craft requests for records under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state public records laws, appeal inappropriate denials, request access to court records, and work with NPR staff lawyers and outside counsel in litigating FOIA, state public records act and court-access cases. The Fellow may also assist NPR staff lawyers on other media law matters, such as pre-publication review, counseling reporters on newsgathering, copyright and First Amendment issues, defending content-related suits and negotiating content-related agreements.

Who is eligible
Ideal candidates for the Fellowship will possess outstanding academic credentials, including a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school earned by the June prior to the fellowship's start date.