U.S. Sen. Leahy to Be Available to Press Following NEFAC’s Annual Awards Luncheon

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org

U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be available immediately following his Feb. 19 keynote address at the New England First Amendment Coalition’s annual awards luncheon at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Upon the luncheon’s conclusion, Sen. Leahy will be present to answer questions from the media, including those related to efforts to block an appointment by President Obama to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Media coverage of the entire event is welcomed.

Leahy, the longest serving Senate member, will receive NEFAC’s Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award during the luncheon which begins at 12:30 p.m. The luncheon is part of the New England Newspaper & Press Association‘s winter conference. More information about the luncheon can be found here.

Sponsors, contributors and table hosts for this year’s luncheon include The Boston Globe, Boston University, Blish & Cavanagh, Northeastern University, Prince Lobel Tye, WBUR-Boston, WFXT-Boston and WCVB-Boston.

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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. Donations can be made here. Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include The Robertson Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe and Boston University.