Student Press Law Center Legal Hotline

Welcome to SPLC’s legal hotline! Our attorneys are committed to helping you with your student-media-related legal questions and concerns. There are two ways to contact the hotline: schedule a call with our attorneys, or fill out our form.

Schedule a phone call

Set up a telephone consultation (up to 30 minutes) with SPLC Senior Legal Counsel Mike Hiestand or Staff Attorney Sommer Ingram Dean by clicking on the button below. Appointments must be scheduled at least 18 hours in advance.

Fill out the form

If you’re a student journalist or assisting student journalists and have a media law-related concern, fill out this form as completely as possible. We need this basic information to accurately answer your questions.

Upon submission, this form goes to the SPLC legal team. We respond as quickly as possible, typically within 1-3 business days. In an emergency, call us at 202-785-5450.

We encourage you to use a personal computer or phone to submit your request. Messages sent from an account or computer affiliated with a school or workplace are often not private and, in the case of public employee email, may be subject to disclosure under a state’s open records law.