Job Opening: Program Manager, Lawyers for Reporters

Title:                           Program Manager, Lawyers for Reporters

Start date:                 January 31, 2020

Deadline for application: January 20, 2020


The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.  The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation.  A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs. 

Program Description

The Vance Center, supported by the Press Freedom Defense Fund and the Democracy Fund, is launching a new program, Lawyers for Reporters, with the intention to develop it into a stand-alone organization over the course of one year. 

Lawyers for Reporters is a nonprofit law firm providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit and local news reporting organizations throughout the United States.  Clients will include print and online publishers, radio, television and Internet content providers, photographers, documentarians, videographers, and cinematographers, as well as investigative, advocacy, and academic publishers of public interest content.  The strategic goal of Lawyers for Reporters is ensuring that no journalists needing legal support will be turned down because of financial constraints.

Lawyers for Reporters will provide the full range of advice and representation that reporters and news organizations need.  Newsroom services include pre-publication review, newsgathering liability advice, demand letter response, subpoena defense, access litigation, intellectual property licensing, and dispute resolution.  Other services will include corporate, real estate, employment, and taxation advice.  The Firm will specialize in advising clients regarding re-organization from for-profit to nonprofit status and in establishing and managing subscriber/membership programs. To provide these services the Firm will create and manage a network of law firms that will provide additional pro-bono capacity and serve as a resource for the field.  In addition to direct legal services the Firm will actively support training and capacity building by producing legal guides, trainings, and other resources.

Lawyers for Reporters will have a staff of senior lawyers with significant media and corporate law experience, junior lawyers with experience at media law clinics and post-graduate fellowships, a pro bono manager, a fundraising consultant, and administrative personnelBuilding on the successful model of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the staff will work in tandem with lawyers at dozens of law firms around the country in various areas of expertise engaged on a pro bono basis.  An advisory committee will oversee the strategic and programmatic work of the program.  Current members include: David Bralow, chair (First Look Media Works), David McCraw (The New York Times), Nabiha Syed (The Markup), Kay Murray (First Look Media Works), Joshua Sterns (The Democracy Fund), and Karen Kaiser (Associated Press).

Position Description

The Program Manager, reporting to the Vance Center Executive Director and the Lawyers for Reporters Advisory Committee, will manage the development of the program in all areas: recruiting law firms to provide pro bono legal representation; presenting to reporting organizations the opportunity for legal services; and seeking financial support for the program from foundations, law firms, and individuals, in coordination with a fundraising consultant.


  • Bachelor’s degree, with additional education, particularly in law and/or journalism, preferred
  • 2-3 years of experience related to media operations, with journalism and/or media law experience preferred
  • Experience and/or general knowledge of U.S. journalism, with focus on local and start-up journalism preferred
  • Experience and/or general knowledge of the U.S. legal market, with focus on pro bono legal services preferred
  • Experience with developing and/or managing professional networks and/or other forms of collaboration
  • Experience with nonprofit fundraising, including grant writing
  • Demonstrable ability to work independently, present in writing and orally, manage a fast-paced, complex set of short and long-term tasks, and report to a board or advisory committee
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Application instructions:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and the contact information of two references to  In the subject line please write "Lawyers for Reporters".  The deadline for applications is January20, 2020. No phone calls please.

The Cyrus R. Vance Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  It is the policy of the Organization to ensure equal opportunity in employment without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the Organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.