Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro is Supreme Court correspondent for National Law Journal, ALM Media, and He has covered the Supreme Court since 1979, first for Gannett News Service and USA Today and then, since January 2000, for Legal Times, which merged with its sibling publication the National Law Journal in 2009. Mauro is also a legal correspondent for the First Amendment Center.

Mauro received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

In March 2001 and November 2005, Washingtonian magazine included Mauro on its list of the top 50 journalists in Washington. He is the author of Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court, published in its second edition in December 2005 by Congressional Quarterly Press. He also has written several law review articles and contributed chapters to several books. The most recent is A Good Quarrel: America's Top Legal Reporters Share Stories from Inside the Supreme Court, published in April 2009 by the University of Michigan Press.

During his more than 30 years of covering the Supreme Court, Mauro has been an active and devoted advocate for freedom of the press and freedom of information. He has written numerous stories, op-ed columns, journal articles and book chapters aimed at promoting camera and broadcast access to the courts. He also has spoken out in favor of shield laws and other protections for the public right to know.

Mauro has long encouraged fellow journalists to support openness and freedom of the press. If journalists don’t press the case for access and press freedom, he says, no one else will. In 1990, columnist Nat Hentoff wrote, "Of all Supreme Court reporters, Tony Mauro has been the most determined to persuade the justices to let television cameras in for oral arguments." Hentoff reiterated his praise in a column 20 years later.

Mauro is past chair of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and has served on its steering committee since 1982. He was Freedom of Information chair of the Society of Professional Journalists in the 1980s and edited its annual FOI report, which then was a stand-alone publication. He received the society’s First Amendment Award in 1986. Mauro also serves on the advisory board of the World Press Freedom Committee, and is a former chair of the Freedom of Information committee of the National Press Club. He is also on the advisory board for Georgetown University Law Center’s Master of Studies in Law program for journalists.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Press | | October 7, 2013

Preview: First Amendment issues on Supreme Court docket

Six cases on its docket raise First Amendment issues, including high-profile disputes over campaign finance reform and church-state relations.

High court takes up case on compelled speech

At issue: whether the government can require AIDS groups receiving grants to state their opposition to prostitution and sex trafficking as a condition of funding.

New animal-cruelty indictments raise First Amendment questions

After Supreme Court’s U.S. v. Stevens ruling struck down law criminalizing animal-cruelty videos, new, narrower law may still be vulnerable on free-speech grounds, experts say.

Plaintiffs assail Va. public-records law on 2 fronts

In their high court briefs in McBurney v. Young, news organizations and public-advocacy groups stress that law restricting access by out-of-staters impedes newsgathering and the national ‘information industry.’

High court spotlight misses First Amendment

Some scholars say dearth of cases may reflect justices’ general sense that Court’s doctrines on both speech and religion clauses are fairly stable and settled.

First Amendment overshadowed in 2011-12 term

The Supreme Court’s six First Amendment-related rulings followed a well-established pattern, including wins, losses and a ‘no-decision.’

Union-dues ruling is real free-speech landmark

FCC v. Fox grabbed attention yesterday, but Knox v. SEIU may have more long-term significance for the First Amendment.

Secret Service case ruling sidesteps First Amendment

‘This court has never recognized a First Amendment right to be free from a retaliatory arrest that is supported by probable cause,’ Justice Clarence Thomas writes in Reichle v. Howards opinion.

Health-law challenger raises specter of campaign-finance case

Attorney for states opposing health-insurance law invokes Buckley case in arguing that preserving ‘half a loaf’ by finding part of law constitutional will spawn confusion.

Justices may uphold Stolen Valor Act

Government defender of law against lying about earning military medals seems to succeed in portraying it as narrow, as opposing counsel concedes act does not ‘necessarily chill any truthful speech.’

Stolen Valor Act case: a checklist of things to watch

How the justices might vote in United States v. Alvarez, concerning lying about military medals, is tough to predict, but here’s a look at some factors that could emerge in oral arguments Feb. 22.

Several justices seem to support FCC decency rules

Comments from four justices seem to bode well for the government, but five votes are needed to overturn 2nd Circuit’s ruling.

Justices to ponder full First Amendment freedom for broadcasting

Oral arguments tomorrow in FCC v. Fox Television Stations may offer clues to how the Court may answer that question, as justices hear debate on constitutionality of FCC’s regulation of broadcast indecency.

Secret Service hopes for immunity in Cheney protest arrest

Supreme Court agrees to hear case involving man who criticized Iraq war and touched vice president at shopping mall in 2006, and argues that his arrest was in retaliation for his protest.

Stolen Valor case: False speech may leave some justices cold

In several precedents, the Supreme Court has said false speech deserves little if any First Amendment protection — which may make a rough road for a man who lied about receiving the Medal of Honor.

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