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Fenwick Represents the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bay Citizen Merger

Mountain View, CA (April 30, 2012) - Fenwick & West LLP today announced that pro-bono client the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has finalized a merger with The Bay Citizen. A Fenwick team led by Mark Stevens and Mark Porter represented CIR in connection with the merger, beginning in January of this year. As a result of this high profile transaction, CIR is now the nation's largest nonprofit organization focused on investigative and accountability reporting.

"We are proud to represent the Center for Investigative Reporting in its merger with The Bay Citizen and to help further the ongoing mission of the organization to provide unique, high-quality reporting that is meaningful to people's lives and has an impact on public discourse," said Fenwick partner Mark Stevens. "Fenwick made a significant commitment to this vital non-profit news organization providing more than 150 hours in pro-bono legal services. We have a long standing commitment to protecting first amendment rights and freedom of the press."

CIR was founded in 1977 and is the nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative news organization. Under the leadership of Executive Chairman Phil Bronstein and Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal, the new merged structure will cover global, national, statewide and local topics, producing reporting under its three brands: CIR, California Watch and The Bay Citizen


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