Newseum Institute Introduces New “Inside the First Amendment” Columnist

Lata Nott“Inside the First Amendment,” the Newseum Institute’s bi-monthly column on First Amendment issues, will feature a new voice — that of Lata Nott, executive director of the Institute’s First Amendment Center.

Nott will replace columnist Charles Haynes, who has co-authored the column since 1994. In his post as vice president of the Institute’s Religious Freedom Center, Haynes will continue to write on the intersection of religion and civic life. His views on developing issues and news impacting religious freedom will appear in national and international publications, ensuring that the Religious Freedom Center continues to play a leading role in educating the public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment.

An attorney, Nott has worked on legal issues involving data privacy, the internet and emerging technologies; rapidly-evolving areas that present continual challenges to our First Amendment rights. Lata’s unique perspective on these issues — as well as those involving the free press, assembly and petition — will offer readers valuable insights on how the First Amendment impacts their daily lives.

Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and the First Amendment Center, will continue as co-author of “Inside the First Amendment.” Policinski has been a co-author of the column since 2004.

The Newseum and Newseum Institute thank Haynes for his contributions to “Inside the First Amendment.” He helped elevate the column to become a leading source for First Amendment commentary. Former columns by Haynes can be viewed here.

We also welcome Nott as a new contributor to the column, and look forward to her views on the issues impacting our most fundamental freedoms.

“Lata Nott has had great impact on the operations of the Institute’s First Amendment Center, and adding her voice to the column will bring fresh perspective to the most critical issues today that involve the five core freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — protected by the First Amendment,” Policinski said.

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