In his current position David McCraw is responsible for litigation and for providing legal counsel to the newsrooms of The New York Times, The Boston Globe and the company’s other newspapers and websites. McCraw serves as lead legal counsel for The Times’ freedom-of-information litigation and has represented the newspaper in more than a dozen FOI lawsuits. He led the paper's litigation challenging the Obama Administration's refusal to reveal the legal basis for the 2011 drone strike in Yemen against an American citizen, the New York Police Department's systematic violation of the state FOI law, and New York City's secret compilation of oral histories provided by the first responders after 9/11. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel of The New York Daily News and a litigation associate at Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells. He has conducted workshops on freedom-of-information issues in various countries in the Middle East, South America, and Central and Eastern Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Cornell University, and Albany Law School. McCraw is an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law.
The uneasy collaboration between Wikileaks and mainstream publishers like The
New York Times challenged the fundamental premises that have shaped U.S. press
law. The law has long assumed that there are differences between
publishers and sources, that sources need publishers to reach the public, and
that the courts will possess the requisite power to punish illicit disclosures
of secrets. When those assumptions are destroyed, what remains of the
paradigms of law and journalism that have guided mainstream media for at least
half a century?