Justin Silverman is executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition. The coalition formed in 2006 when a group of local journalists and editors determined a need for more government transparency and public records access throughout the region. Since that time, the coalition has broadened its focus to include all freedoms protected by the First Amendment and other matters of concern to journalists and members of the media.
An attorney based in Westborough, Mass, Justin’s experience is a broad mix of journalism, law and entrepreneurism.
Justin graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2011. While a student, he worked as a full-time law clerk at the Boston firm Prince Lobel & Tye, LLP. At the firm, he worked directly with the lead counsel of what would become a $24 million arbitration case involving the insufficient payment of commissions to financial advisor co-claimants. Justin helped prepare and develop litigation strategy, writing more than 100 pages of legal analysis and drafting several motions used in the hearing. While at the firm, he also assisted the domestic relations practice, analyzing recent cases involving the division of marital assets.
Justin frequently contributed to the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard Law School‘s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He interned there during his third year of law school, writing about media law and technology. He wrote a primer on state shield laws that was distributed at MCLE events and helped produce a recent report on copyright concerns posed by news aggregators and the companies that provide them.
While in law school, Justin founded Suffolk Media Law and its ABA-recognized blog, SuffolkMediaLaw.com. He appeared on the podcast The Week in Law and the Boston Phoenix quoted him in a story on Internet privacy. During his time at Berkman, Justin presented to the Media Law Resource Center’s Pre-Publication Review Committee and had an article he wrote on student speech included in a recently published textbook on privacy.
In 2004, Justin began Boston Media Solutions to help local businesses devise publication and marketing strategies. In addition to creating websites for various companies, Justin developed the prototype to a Boston sports magazine and published the quarterly newspaper of the Needham Business Association.
While attending Syracuse University, Justin served as news editor of The Daily Orange, earning a nomination for both Reporter of the Year and Story of the Year awards at the 1999 Associated Collegiate Press Conference. He received in 2002 a William Randolph Hearst Award for his work.
During his senior year at Syracuse, Justin founded a bi-weekly newspaper and website for students in Central New York. In its three years of publication, the newspaper earned 16 awards for journalism excellence from the New York Press Association and the SPJ. The Syracuse University Whitman School of Management awarded the venture first place and seed money during its inaugural Entrepreneurial Competition in 2002.
Justin now lives in Newton with his wife and two children.