(L-R) Student media attorney Mike Hiestand, Kylie Charney-Harrington, a student journalist with The Blazer, the student newspaper at Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash., and Mountlake High School student media adviser Vince DeMiero were among those to testify before a Washington State Senate Committee Jan. 21 in support of a bill that would protect the free press rights of the state’s high school and college student journalists. [Photo by Dan Hiestand]
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Mike Hiestand is the founder of Zenger Consulting. He is currently Senior Legal Counsel with the Student Press Law Center. He was the staff attorney for the nonprofit Center, located just outside Washington, D.C., between 1991-2003 and worked as the Center’s sole consulting attorney until 2012. He continues to assist student media via the Center's legal hotline and works with the SPLC on special projects affecting the student press community. Over the years, he has provided media law and First Amendment help to nearly 18,000 high school and college student journalists and their advisers.