Prince Lobel Offers Pro Bono Legal Services for Reporters Covering Boston Protests

September 15, 2017

Attorneys from the firm’s Media and First Amendment Practice Group will provide pro bono legal assistance to journalists (print, broadcast, and online) covering Saturday’s “Free Speech Rally” and counter-demonstrations in Boston. In cooperation with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the New England Newspaper and Press Association, and the New England First Amendment Coalition, Prince Lobel’s volunteer attorneys will be available throughout the weekend, 24/7, to advise reporters who are arrested or experience other problems with law enforcement while covering the rally, demonstrations, or related events.

The hotline will be in operation from Friday, August 18, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., and longer if events warrant. The phone number is 888.428.7490.  If for some reason you are unable to get through on that number, try our backup number at 617.456.8018.  You can also email or tweet @PLT_Media.  Rob Bertsche, the chair of Prince Lobel’s Media and First Amendment Group, is the attorney coordinating calls for the hotline, with a full crew of Prince Lobel attorneys assisting.

Prince Lobel will be providing further information Friday afternoon and as the weekend progresses. If you wish to be on an email mailing list for more information, advice, and updates about press access, please send an email to with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.

NOTE:  The Boston Police Department has issued a Community Advisory setting out restrictions on press access to the events.  A copy can be found here on the Boston Police Department site.

For more information about the legal assistance hotline, please email or contact:

Robert A. Bertsche
617.456.8018 direct

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