Charles S. Sims

Yale Affiliated Fellow


Charles S. Sims is Counsel to the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School, and its Government Accountability Project. A senior partner in the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP, where he worked for 30 years after 9 years as national staff counsel at the ACLU, he specialized in complex federal appellate work, First Amendment and media law, and copyright law. In addition to his representation of book publishers and databases, he represented the ACLU on its motion to quash an unprecedented Justice Department subpoena for “any and all copies” of allegedly classified rules governing photography of detainees at Abu Ghraib. He argued three cases in the Supreme Court, and was Chair for three years of the Committee on Communications and Media Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He’s a graduate of Amherst College and Yale Law School.