James Wheaton is Founder and Senior Counsel at the First Amendment Project, a public interest law firm. Also President of the Environmental Law Foundation, an environmental enforcement program. Formerly City of Oakland Public Ethics Commissioner, Executive Director of California Common Cause, and co-chair of the Society of Professional Journalists (NorCal) FOI Committee. Graduate of Brown University and UC's Berkeley Law. Received Cal Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2013 and 2008; Playboy Foundation First Amendment Award for Law in 2001; for defending against SLAPP cases; Society of Professional Journalists James Madison award for Pro Bono Counsel in 1993 and 2001 for work on Freedom of Information; Ecology Law Quarterly Career Achievement.