NEFAC Announces Addition of Staff Attorney to Help Advance Coalition Mission

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The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of Nashwa Gewaily who will serve as the coalition’s media and First Amendment attorney. Gewaily, based in Boston, will provide NEFAC legal counsel, produce amicus briefs and conduct legislative advocacy across the six New England states.

“Nashwa’s work will help us expand our role as the region’s leading First Amendment advocate,” said Justin Silverman, the coalition’s executive director. “We’re very excited to have her on our staff and to help advance our mission.”

Prior to joining NEFAC, Gewaily worked as a legal fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and represented clients as an attorney in civil litigation matters. Her work at the ACLU focused on government transparency, privacy and technology issues. Gewaily is particularly experienced in media and First Amendment matters related to government suppression of public information, surveillance practices and national security law.

Gewaily also has academic and practical experience in media. During her time as a news radio associate producer, she pitched and produced hard news and features with a focus on bringing under-reported stories to light. At the ACLU, she wrote newspaper op-eds, filed public records requests and conducted trainings on the First Amendment right to gather and disseminate information. Her legal academic work includes topics such as restrictions on the press during times of war and national emergency.

Gewaily previously worked in various roles with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. State Department, the World Policy Institute, the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and Human Rights Watch. She earned a degree in journalism at New York University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, Lois Howe McClure, The Boston Globe and Boston University. Celebration Supporters include The Hartford Courant and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.