The First Amendment Project is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition. For over ten years, FAP has provided advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties.
David Greene, acting Executive Director, has significant experience litigating First Amendment issues in state and federal courts and is one of the country's leading advocates for and commentators on freedom of expression in the arts. Mr. Greene also serves on the Northern California Society for Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee, the steering committee of the Free Expression Network, is the project director of the Free Expression Network-West, is a lecturer at San Francisco State University, and serves on advisory boards for several arts organizations across the country.
In addition, he was a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance, and has written and lectured extensively on free expression and the arts and other areas of First Amendment Law, including as a contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Censorship. David previously served as program director of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression where he was the principal contributor and general editor of the NCFE Quarterly and the principal author of the NCFE Handbook to Understanding, Preparing for and Responding to Challenges to your Freedom of Artistic Expression. He is a 1991 graduate of Duke University School of Law.
James Wheaton is Senior Counsel for the First Amendment Project and President and Legal Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, in Oakland. He teaches Journalism Law at the Graduate Schools of Journalism at both Stanford and UC Berkeley.
He has been honored for his work with awards by California Lawyer as Attorney of the Year, Playboy Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, and the Ecology Law Quarterly.
His political work includes writing and running or chairing campaigns for statewide initiatives in the last 25 years on topics such as insurance regulation, campaign finance and political reform, marijuana legalization, old growth forestry, consumer privacy, and litigation reform.
As a volunteer he is an Advisor to the California State Bar’s Environment Section Executive Committee and chaired its Yosemite Environmental Institute. He is a Trustee of River Network, and past-President of Friends of the River. He has served as a City of Oakland Public Ethics Commissioner, as Executive Director of California Common Cause, and as chair of the Society of Professional Journalists (NorCal) FOI Committee.
He is a graduate of Brown University and Berkeley Law School. He is a white water rafter and kayaker, trains whitewater guides, skippers a sailboat on San Francisco Bay, canoes and has recently retired from 7 years of coaching Little League baseball, and still umpires. He has been noted for his work in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, California Lawyer, Playboy, Outside and Rolling Stone magazines.
The First Amendment Projects's Board of Directors comprise individuals active in the field of First Amendment rights protection:
Clinton Fein, President, Artist. As a political artist and photographer, Clinton Fein's most notable victory was his Supreme Court suit against Attorney General of the United States, challenging the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act in 1997, where his right to disseminate his art on the Internet was upheld in a landmark victory for First Amendment rights. His criticisms of the government's attempts to regulate speech on the Internet were published by The Wall Street Journal, who profiled him as "a player" in their "Names on the Net" special feature. Mr. Fein was nominated for a PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award in 2001. His art, work and website have received considerable media attention both in the US and globally. Mr Fein also edits First, the First Amendment Project's webblog.
James R. Wheaton, Secretary/Treasurer. Senior Counsel and FAP co-founder, James Wheaton has litigated at all levels of the state and federal courts in cases involving civil rights, consumer rights, environmental and First Amendment law. He teaches Media Law at the Graduate Journalism Schools at Stanford and Berkeley, is President of The Environmental Law Foundation and a Trustee of RiverNetwork. He has was honored in 2001 to receive the national Playboy Foundation Award as Legal Counsel for his work defending the First Amendment, and has twice received the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists' James Madison Freedom of Information Award.
Susan Faludi, Writer
Merrit Jones, Attorney, Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
Dori J. Maynard, President, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Hanna Regev, has an M.A. in Museum Studies and MA in Modern European History from San Francisco State University. She works with a myriad of cultural organizations and art galleries in San Francisco and the Bay Area, producing cultural public programs and developing adult public programs in history, art, and museum practice. Prior to joining FAP, Regev served on boards, consulted with the African American Museum, Marin Museum Association on a Mobile Museum and was president of the Northern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.