Bruce D. Brown

  • Lecturer

Bruce D. Brown is the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The organization offers pro bono legal support to thousands of working journalists, news organizations and media lawyers each year and has provided research, guidance and representation in major press cases in state and federal courts since 1970.

From 1997 to 2015, Brown was of counsel in the Washington, D,C. office of BakerHostetler, where he worked in media law. At BakerHostetler, where Brown was a partner until 2012, he focused his practice in the areas of libel, copyright and the law of newsgathering. He has argued press cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Brown was a federal court reporter for Legal Times and a newsroom assistant to David Broder at The Washington Post. Brown’s published work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The American Lawyer, The Economist, USA Today, Legal Times, Communications Lawyer and The National Law Journal.

Brown is also an adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University’s master’s program in Professional Studies in Journalism, is a member of the First Amendment Advisory Council of The Media Institute, and was formerly co-chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Media Law Resource Center in New York.


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • M.A.
    Harvard University
  • A.B.
    Stanford University

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