A proverbial cherry on the top of an already dream-like experience, Mary Beth Tinker and I were recognized as the 2014 winners of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Education. Christie Hefner presented the awards during a May 20 ceremony at the Newseum, in Washington, DC.
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.