Here’s A Great Way to Threaten Student Journalism: Stiff Their Lawyers on Fees

April 30, 2015

By Greg Piper at The College Fix

People like to get paid when they do laborious, complicated things. Lawyers are no different.

And some populations would be pretty screwed without lawyers: not just indigent suspects or students accused of sexual assault, but studentjournalists.

The Student Press Law Center is rabble-rousing over what sounds like an arcane matter, how much a court should award the lawyer for the winning parties in an 18-year First Amendment case against the College of Staten Island.

Here’s the deal: The College Voice ran a “special endorsement issue” on the eve of a campus election. The school’s president canceled the election, for that reason. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2007 the president could be held personally responsible for the First Amendment violation...