David A. Schulz

Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law


David A. Schulz is a Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. Currently, he is a partner in the law firm Levine Sullivan Koch and Schulz LLP, a national trial and appellate practice representing news and entertainment media in defamation, privacy, newsgathering, access, intellectual property and related First Amendment matters.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 1978

M.A., Yale University, 1976

B.A., Knox College, 1974

Courses Taught


  • Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum
  • The Law of Newsgathering

David A. Schulz is a Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. Currently, he is a partner in the law firm Levine Sullivan Koch and Schulz LLP, a national trial and appellate practice representing news and entertainment media in defamation, privacy, newsgathering, access, intellectual property and related First Amendment matters. He specializes in media law, First Amendment, and intellectual property, and has represented a broad range of media clients, including international newswire services, national and local newspapers, television networks and station owners, magazine and book publishers, cable news networks, and Internet content providers. He also lectures at Columbia Law School and regularly writes and speaks on media law issues. He is a graduate of Knox College, Yale University, and Yale Law School.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


MBTA agrees to make arrests public

Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law David Schulz is quoted, and the MFIA clinic mentioned, in an article about access to information regarding those taken into custody by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Lethal injection details sought; Media, state at odds over what public should know

Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law David Schulz ’78 and Clinical Lecturer in Law John Langford ’14 are mentioned in an article about efforts by media outlets to obtain information about lethal injection drugs used in Arizona.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


MFIA Clinic, ACLU Sue LAPD Over Access to Public Documents

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California and Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic filed a lawsuit on April 25, 2017 against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) alleging flagrant violations of the California Public Records Act (CPRA).

Thursday, March 16, 2017


President Trump vs. The Press

Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law and co-director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic David Schulz ’78 took part in a discussion about Donald Trump and the media.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


MFIA Clinic Convenes Panel To Discuss Conflicts of Interest In New Administration

On January 10, 2017, approximately 40 journalists and media lawyers attended a free-form discussion with legal experts on the federal conflict of interest laws and the incoming Trump Administration

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Charlotte Observer sues governor’s office over access to public records

Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law David Schulz ’78 is quoted in an article about a lawsuit launched by the Charlotte Observer against North Carolina governor Pat McCrory regarding a request for public records.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


MFIA Clinic and Abrams Institute File Amicus Brief in Ag-Gag Case

The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic filed an amicus brief challenging an Idaho law that makes it a crime to record slaughterhouses, feed lots, and other agricultural production facilities unless the owner explicitly consents.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Kohler-Hausmann and MFIA Clinic Win Appeal

Professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08, with amicus support from the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, successfully appealed a New York State court ruling prohibiting a record requestor from suing an agency for unreasonable delay when filing a Freedom of Information Request in the state.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Transparency, Surveillance, and the Future of First Amendment Law

In a post-Snowden era, while legal scholars and advocates re-examine government transparency and secrecy, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School is working to protect the First Amendment rights of citizens and news media across the country.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Top First Amendment Lawyer to Head MFIA Clinic

David A. Schulz ’78, a leading First Amendment lawyer who has defended the rights of journalists and news organizations for more than 30 years, has been named Clinical Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA) at Yale Law School.