Sandra Chance is the Executive Director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. She is the McClatchy Professor in Freedom of Information and Professor of Journalism in the College of Journalism and Communications. She teaches media law at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information specializes in providing information on access to government meetings and records to media organizations, private citizens, and elected officials. The Brechner Center also provides information on media law developments in Florida to organizations, individuals and institutions nationwide. Chance handles telephone queries about access to meetings and records and presents seminars nationally and around the state on access to governmental information and First Amendment issues.
Chance graduated with honors from the University of Florida's College of Law in 1990 and was named to the Order of the Coif. She practiced media law with the law firm of Holland & Knight in Tampa, Florida. There she handled litigation concerning access to public records and judicial proceedings, reporter subpoenas and Florida's Government in the Sunshine Law. Chance also served as an Assistant General Counsel at the University of Florida.
Chance has published in numerous academic and professional journals and newspapers, including the Communication Law and Policy journal, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Quill and Editor & Publisher. She has authored several chapters in the Reporters' Handbook and is a frequent contributor to The Brechner Report. She frequently has been interviewed and quoted as an expert in media law issues by the state's media approximately 500 times.
Chance is on the board of directors of the First Amendment Foundation and is active in the National Freedom of Information Coalition. She is the Sunshine Chair for the Society of Professional Journalists and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Order of the Coif, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She served as Research Chair of the Association for Journalism and Mass Communications' Law Division in 1997 and is a member of the Broadcast Education Association. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is a past director of the Florida Magazine Association and was active in the Florida Press Association.
Chance earned her M.A. with high honors and distinction in Journalism and Communications in 1985 from the University of Florida where she also earned her B.S. with high honors in 1975. She was a teaching fellow at the University of Florida's College of Law and a research assistant with the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the College of Law.
Before entering the practice of law, Chance held a variety of positions in the journalism and communications field.
Ana-Klara Hering is a joint degree candidate seeking her law degree and doctorate in media law and policy. She holds a masters in communication from the University of Florida and a bachelors in international affairs and journalism from The George Washington University. She is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where she served as a captain and deployed to Iraq. Her first-person accounts of the war have been featured in Women’s World and The Palm Beach Post. She has interned for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and Dallas Morning News. She also worked as a news clerk for The Washington Post and as an intern for Sen. Connie Mack.
She has worked at The Brechner Center since January 2005, serving as a research assistant and editor of The Brechner Report. She is also a legal research assistant at the Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project.
Kimberly Lopez is a joint degree candidate seeking her law degree and master's in mass communications. She obtained her bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2004 from the UF College of Journalism and Communications. As an undergraduate, Kimberly pursued various journalism experiences including working for more than two years at the Independent Florida Alligator and completing a newsroom internship with the Orlando Sentinel. During her graduate studies, she has taught Writing for Mass Communications and has conducted research in various media law topics. She has worked at the Brechner Center since January 2006 and has assisted the Center in coordinating special events and projects. Kimberly is expected to graduate in May 2008 and will enter law practice after completing the Florida Bar.
FOI Summit Scholar
Christina Locke is a joint degree candidate seeking her law degree and master's in mass communications. She has worked as a copy editor for The Gainesville Sun and a reporter and photographer for the Okeechobee News. Christina is the editor of The Brechner Report and also serves as a research assistant at the Center. During law school, she completed an internship at the Florida Supreme Court and served as an editor for the Florida Law Review and the Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy. Christina is expected to graduate in December 2007.
Brechner Center Program Assistant
Michael Kung holds bachelors in psychology (with minors in business administration and Chinese) from the University of Florida. He is currently in his second year of the M.A.E program in Educational Technology at UF. He is a graduate assistant for the College of Education and spends his free time freelancing as an instructor designer and website consulant/designer.
Joshua Woltermann is a gradute student at the Documentary Institute at the
University of Florida. He recieved his bachelor's from New York University in
film. He has worked on many documentary projects, including work for PBS.