NCPA has partnered with Stephens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC, a firm known and respected for its work on media and First Amendment law, to provide our legal hotline. Valued at $350 per hour, this free service can be accessed by calling (919) 833-3833.
|Whether fielding one of the hundreds of calls that flood the NCPA Legal Hotline each year or opposing the closing of a courtroom, Amanda Martin enjoys combining her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida with her law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Martin serves as General Counsel to NCPA. She routinely counsels reporters and editors about resisting subpoenas, avoiding libel suits, or gaining access to closed government meetings and records. Martin has enhanced and applied her media law concentration as an adjunct instructor in Media Law at UNC School of Law, Campbell University School of Law and the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She's a frequent speaker and panelist at media law forums and workshops including the annual Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, MO, and Media Law and the Digital Age. In 2007, Martin co-edited a new edition of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook. She regularly contributes articles to legal and media law newsletters and other publications.
Martin also handles trademark, copyright and other intellectual property matters as well as representing corporations in employment issues.
Mike "Toddy" has proven his versatility since beginning law practice in 1997. In addition to his litigation, First Amendment and professional licensing work, Mike enjoys representing the interests of creative individuals including journalists, authors, singers and artists.A graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a degree in telecommunications, Mike has experience in television production, aerial video photography, graphic design, desktop publishing, public relations and editing corporate newsletters. Mike's professional activities include a six-year stint as the editor of the Wake Bar Flyer, the newsletter of the award-winning Wake County Bar Association. Mike is currently on the Board of Directors for the Wake County Bar Association and chairman of its Communications Committee.