America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel

Karen Kaiser '99 in The National Law Journal, March 31, 2014

Media Source

General Counsel
The Associated Press

When the U.S. Justice Department seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters in the course of a leak investigation in 2013, it was one of the most serious challenges to the news service's rights and existence since its founding in 1846. Then-associate general counsel Karen Kaiser stepped up, organizing a swift legal response that resulted in new guidelines benefiting all journalists. "It represented a clear example of government overreach with no check on prosecutorial power," said Kaiser, who was promoted to general counsel of the New York-based cooperative in February. "In any attack on journalism, the public suffers."