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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

Hagit Limor
Professor of Electronic Media, University of Cincinnati
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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.
Legal Defense Fund Committee Members

Voting Members:

Matt Hall
@sduncovered
Email

Paul Fletcher
Publisher & Editor
Virginia Lawyers Weekly
Email
@paulfletcher

Patricia Gallagher Newberry
Area Director
Journalism Program
Miami University
513-529-5893
Mobile: 513-702-4065
Email
@pattinewberry

J. Alex Tarquinio
Freelance Journalist
Email
@alextarquinio

Mark Bailen
BakerHostetler
Email

Kristen Rasmussen
BakerHostetler
Email

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