Freedom of Press Abroad: Vance Access to Justice Award
In a ceremony March 10th, David E. McCraw was awarded the Cyrus R. Vance Access to Justice Award for his global work on freedom of the press and access to information. McCraw, who is currently Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for the New York Times Company, is provides litigation and legal counsel to The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, and 15 other papers and news sites.
McCraw’s work abroad has spanned the world, from Latin America to the Middle East. Among his accomplishments, he has participated in seminars and roundtables in Jordan and Peru, with another coming soon in Chile, and provided research assistance on human rights violations by non-state actors in Argentina. He has also advised Yemeni journalists and public officials on press and publication laws; consulted Kuwaiti parliamentarians and NGOs on access-to-information law; helped Bahraini journalists draft a press ethics code; and consulted with the Russian Media Lawyers Collegium on a project to enhance legal skills of media law practitioners. He has also been the Chair of the City Bar’s Communications and Media Law Committee and now serves on the City Bar’s Executive Committee.
The Cyrus R. Vance Access to Justice Award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to international pro bono work.