Legal Hotline

What is the ASNE Legal Hotline? 

The popularity of the Coffee with Your Counsel session at the 2015 ASNE-APME conference at Stanford University was a strong indication that news leaders have legal questions on a regular basis. Because it's important we provide answers to our members in an easy, timely manner, we decided to launch the ASNE Legal Hotline, a virtual Coffee with Your Counsel. Made possible by a generous grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, this legal service is a permanent benefit of ASNE membership.  

How does it work?

ASNE members can run their legal questions by ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg by emailing with the subject line "ASNE Legal Hotline." Goldberg will respond, and both the question and answer will be posted on this page. Those who don't want their question made public can contact Goldberg directly at or 703-812-0462. 

Please note

There will be some limits to the hotline. Goldberg will do his best to explain the legal issues surrounding each question, but he is not an expert in the specific laws of every state, nor is he licensed to practice in every state. Thus, any discussions members have with Goldberg through the hotline are not to be construed or taken as "legal advice" and are not to be used as a substitute for obtaining their own legal counsel.