Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee tracks a number of issues related to media law, including libel, privacy and news gathering issues. The website includes state-by-state breakdowns on key statutes and cases and guides for such issues as surreptitious taping, accessing police records or covering courts.

Federal Courts

This is a portal to the websites operated by federal district courts and U.S. Courts of Appeals. It also has helpful information about the federal court system generally. Documents relevant to specific cases, court dockets and contact information for judges are available from the websites for the individual courts.

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's website offers access to court opinions from the past several years. Earlier opinions are available from the Legal Information Institute. The site also contains audio and transcripts of oral arguments, dockets and information about the justices. General information about the court and its history is also on the website.

Legal Information Institute

This site is operated by Cornell University's School of Law and provides links to all state and federal courts as well as a wealth of other legal information, including statutes and administrative regulations.


This is an award-winning site for news and analysis about the U.S. Supreme Court. It also provides links to documents relevant to matters pending before the court.

Media Law Monitor

Davis Wright Tremaine is a law firm that does a lot of media law work. The site has sections on privacy, access to information, copyright, advertising and other issues.

Digital Media Law Project

This began as the Citizen's Media Law Project and is operated by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Its purpose is to provide citizens involved in journalism with necessary legal information and tools.

First Amendment Center

This center is part of the Freedom Forum and is dedicated to increasing knowledge of the First Amendment. It carries news stories about all First Amendment-related issues, including religion, assembly and petition as well as speech and press.

American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU works to defend all civil liberties, but its website has information about First Amendment speech and press issues from around the country.

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