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Geoffrey Winslow King

Geoffrey Winslow King

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Licensed since 2009

  1. Constitutional: 100%
    5 years

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Contact Info

The Committee to Protect Journalists

972 Mission Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94103




Professional Misconduct

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Internet Advocacy CoordinatorCommittee to Protect Journalists2013 - Present
Lecturer, Media Studies ("Media and Social Change")University Of California at Berkeley2013 - Present
First Amendment AttorneyCalifornia Anti-SLAPP Project2012 - 2013
Contract AttorneyGross Belsky Alonso, LLP2012 - 2012
Contract AttorneyLaw Offices of James Chanin2012 - 2012
Lecturer, Media Studies ("Privacy in the Digital Age")University Of California at Berkeley2011 - Present
Staff AttorneyFirst Amendment Project2009 - 2011
Legal InternAmerican Civil Liberties Union Of Northern California2008 - 2008
Summer AssociateHogan Lovells2008 - 2008
Law ClerkFederal Public Defender for the Northern District of California2008 - 2008
Legal InternSenate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution (Senator Feingold)2007 - 2007
Documentary PhotographerSelf Employed2003 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Society of Professional JournalistsCo-Chair, Freedom of Information Committee2011 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re search warrant 2009-2775 (Morse)Search warrant quashed pursuant to California law regarding journalistic work product; police ordered to return/destroy all copies of work product, file affidavit detailing any dissemination of materials to other agencies.
Morse v. UCPDCase settled for (1) $162,500 and (2) department-wide re-training of officers on protections for press and non-press newsgatherers/observers.
(Omitted to preserve client privacy.)The Court granted the anti-SLAPP motion and dismissed the case.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Photographs by Geoffrey King, oral histories by Sunny Angulo, Introduction by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis HerreraSuch a Bittersweet Day: Marriage Equality in the Wake of Prop 82009
ForthcomingPeaceably to Assemble: Protest Photographs 2003-2013N/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of California - BerkeleyMass CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2004

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Walter Cronkhite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State UniversityAttacks on the Press: Leak Prosecutions and Digital Surveillance2014
RightsCon 2014Encryption TK: Securing the Future of Journalism and Human Rights2014
RightsCon 2014Demonstrate & Disobey: Protest and Civil Disobedience On and Offiine2014
RightsCon 2014Metadata for Good? Control, Empowerment and Innovation2014
Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference 2014They're watching you: Investigating the surveillance society and protecting your work from prying eyes (showcase panel)2014
guest lecture for “International Human Rights: Media and Education”The Internet’s Empowerment of Advocates and Journalists, and the Coming Backlash2014
#WJChatInternet Journalist Rights and Safety2014
SHARE Boatcamp 2013, Rijeka, CroatiaPrivacy, Surveillance and Freedom of Information2013
Keynote speech for Fall 2013 issuePrivacy in the Digital Age2013
Guest lecture for “The Art and Science of Digital Photography”The Legal Rights of Photographers2013
Guest lecture for “Introduction to Photojournalism”Legal and Digital Security Issues for Photographers2013
Guest lecture for “Introduction to Photojournalism"Legal and Digital Security Issues for Photographers2013
With security expert Frank Smyth, CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator Danny O’Brien and Al Jazeera English reporter Melissa ChanDigital Security Tools for Working Journalists2012
With OPD Chief of Staff Sgt. Chris Bolton, journalist Tom Peele, Oakland North editor Kara Platoni and student Amina WaheedHow Not to Get Arrested . . . And What to Do If You Are2012
Surveillance and Human Rights Conference, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilHands-On Activism Plenary: Using The Law to Uncover Abuse of Law Enforcement Agencies’ Surveillance Powers2012
Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Freedoms of Assembly and AssociationFreedoms of Assembly and Association2012
Panel with SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, SF Police Commission President Tom Mazzucco and National Lawyers Guild attorney Rachel LedermanLegal Issues Surrounding the Occupy Demonstrations2012
Guest lecture for “Photographing History in the Making”The Right to Record2012
Guest lecture for “Documentary: Text & Image”Street Photography and the Law2012
Guest lecture for Master’s-level “Introduction to Photojournalism”Photojournalists’ Rights2012
Guest lecture for “Photographing History in the Making"The Rights of Citizen Journalists and Student Reporters2011
Santa Clara University School of LawFreedom of the Press2010
Panel discussion with Karl Olson and Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Matt ZimmermanBloggers’ Rights2010
Panel discussion with ACLU Staff Attorney Linda Lye and UCPD Chief Mitch CelayaProtesters: Know Your Rights2010