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The LDF Committee oversees the Society's Legal Defense Fund, a unique account that can be tapped for providing journalists with legal or direct financial assistance. Application to the fund is approved by either a small committee or the national board, depending on the level of assistance sought. The committee works throughout the year raising funds for LDF.

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Hagit Limor
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Bio (click to expand) picture Hagit Limor’s experience with SPJ includes stints as National President; National President-Elect; National Secretary-Treasurer; National Membership Committee; National Finance Committee Chair; current National Legal Defense Fund Committee chair; National Chair of Executive Director Search Committee; Board Member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation; and Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter President, membership chairman and current chapter treasurer.

Outside of SPJ, she serves in dual roles as a professor at the University of Cincinnati's Electronic Media Department and as WXIX-TV's Emmy and national award-winning investigative reporter. Her abilities as a writer and reporter have garnered Hagit more than 100 national, state and local awards, including ten Emmy awards, a National Headliner Award, three national Sigma Delta Chi Awards and as a national finalist with the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association. Hagit received bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.


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Bio (click to expand) picture Grudo is currently the digital platforms editor at Air Force Magazine, a DC-based, independent monthly. He was previously on the board of SPJ DC and on the national SPJ board. Before moving to DC in 2013, Grudo was editor of South Florida Gay News and worked on the board of SPJ Florida, spearheading multiple programs on a national level and helping run related conventions.

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Legal Defense Fund Auction

Help SPJ sustain the Legal Defense Fund by donating an item for this year’s LDF auction.

Our theme for this year’s auction is “Share Your Talents,” because we believe that individuality and personal touch are the most attractive aspects of an auction item.

Share your talents and the skills of your friends and family. Are you crafty? Donate a handmade scarf to the auction. Does your brother enjoy pottery? Ask him to contribute a piece for this important cause. Have a friend with a small business who wants exposure? See if they’ll submit a bit of their merchandise to be displayed before hundreds of people — make sure they include business cards! There are so many ways to share your gifts with others and, in turn, help protect the First Amendment. You can donate a service, too, like a résumé critique, interview practice and copy editing. Tell us how you’d like to participate.

We need a variety of items, so we’re giving you many ways to contribute.

You can select an item from our list and volunteer to donate it by clicking the “I’ll donate this!” link, which will allow you to email SPJ headquarters with your donation information. You will receive a confirmation email with donation instructions within two business days from SPJ headquarters. If you have questions, please email Abbi Martzall at amartzall@spj.org.


Item
Estimated value
 
Bookstore gift card
$20-$50
iPad case
$20-$50
Restaurant gift card
$30-$50
$15
$15
2015 desk calendar
$10-$20
Travel mug
$15-$35
$100-$150

Interested in donating an item not on our list? That’s great! Contact our communications coordinator Abbi Martzall at amartzall@spj.org and send the item to us by August 7.

Please send donations, along with the donation form, to:

Society of Professional Journalists
Attn: LDF Auction
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

If you are making a monetary donation, please be sure your check or money order indicates that the contribution is for the Legal Defense Fund. Please note: Donations are not tax deductible.

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Legal Defense Fund
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Legal Defense Fund Committee
The LDF Committee oversees the Society's Legal Defense Fund, a unique account that can be tapped for providing journalists with legal or direct financial assistance. Application to the fund is approved by either a small committee or the national board, depending on the level of assistance sought. The committee works throughout the year raising funds for LDF.

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