Legal Defense Fund Committee Roster
This 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.
Legal Defense Fund Committee Chair
J. Israel Balderas, Esq.
National board member, Society of Professional Journalists
Assistant professor of journalism, Elon University
Legal Defense Fund Committee Members
Previous President, Society of Professional Journalists
Former president, Society of Professional Journalists
Member, Student Trustee Council of the Society of Professional Journalists
President, Society of Professional Journalists
Roy S. Gutterman
Associate Professor/Director, Tully Center for Free Speech
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications