First Amendment Coalition

First Amendment Coalition

Defending Free Speech & The Public's Right To Know


Defending Free Speech and Protecting the People's Right to Know


FAC protects and promotes a free press, freedom of expression and the people's right to know.

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Help power our fight for free speech, open government, and the people's right to know.

Have a question about access to public records, participating in government meetings or First Amendment concerns? We have a dedicated group of lawyers ready to help.


FAC’s greatest asset is our 30 year legal record of holding governments accountable at the local, state, and federal levels, supporting journalists and citizens in how to enforce their First Amendment rights. 

FAC regularly holds public forums that bring lawyers, journalists and citizens together from coast to coast to advance the discussion on government transparency, free speech and citizen engagement.

Every year FAC recognizes outstanding accomplishment, service or other contributions to the advancement of free expression or the people’s right to know about their government. 

We engage in oversight of the legislative process, focusing on California bills that affect the public’s access to information, meetings or other government proceedings. FAC also weighs in on bills that threaten core First Amendment rights.


The Legal Hotline gives users quick, free access to FAC’s lawyers for questions about access to public records, meetings and the courts and your rights under the First Amendment.

A&A is a searchable database of questions posed by users like you about their rights under open government laws and first amendment safeguards that have been answered by FAC’s attorneys.

FAC’s resources for using California (CPRA) and federal (FOIA) laws to obtain public records, including FAC’s CPRA Primer; a Police Transparency Guide; and a template for CPRA request letter

Resources for California’s open-meetings law, including our Brown Act Primer on how the law works and a sample Cure & Correct demand letter. 

FAC defends press freedom by ensuring journalists in need receive pro bono legal defense in the event they are subject to subpoena or other legal threat seeking their confidential sources or unpublished materials.