Frank D. LoMonte

Visiting Scholar in the Otis Brumby Distinguished Professorship of First Amendment Law

B.A., Georgia State University
J.D., University of Georgia


The Law of Newsgathering

Biographical Information

Frank LoMonte has served since Jan. 2008 as executive director of the Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va., that provides legal research, advocacy and training in support of student journalists nationwide. While with the SPLC, LoMonte has been a guest lecturer at more than 50 undergraduate and law schools across the country and has been a featured speaker at events including the American Bar Association's Law-Related Education Conference, the National Conference on Citizenship, the National Conference of Appellate Law Clerks, and many more. 

LoMonte is the primary author of "Law of the Student Press, Fourth Edition," a reference book published in 2013 by the SPLC used in classrooms and newsrooms throughout the country. His recent scholarship includes: "'The Key Word is Student': Hazelwood Censorship Crashes the Ivy-Covered Gates" in 11 First Amend. L. Rev. 305 (2013) and "Shrinking Tinker: Students Are 'Persons' Under Our Constitution -- Except When They're Not" in 58 Am. U. L. Rev. 1323 (2009).

Before joining the SPLC, LoMonte was a litigation associate in the Atlanta office of Sutherland, where he was named "Associate of the Year" by the Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network for his pro-bono representation of unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. He clerked for Judge R. Lanier Anderson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and for Magistrate Judge C. Christopher Hagy in the Northern District of Georgia.

LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from Georgia Law, where he was symposium editor of the Georgia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He holds a B.A. from Georgia State University.

His articles about the First Amendment and media law have been published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education and in many other media outlets. Before law school, LoMonte worked as an investigative reporter, editor, columnist and Washington correspondent for the Morris newspaper chain, where he covered three presidential campaigns and six national political conventions.

Frank LoMonte

Contact Information

University of Georgia
School of Law
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-5188
Fax: (706) 542-5556