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Wiley Rein's Tyrone Brown Named President of Media Access Project

March 30, 2010

Tyrone Brown, of counsel in the firm's preeminent Communications Practice, will join the Media Access Project (MAP) as president on April 1. He will succeed longtime MAP president Jay Schwartzman, who will remain as senior vice president and policy director. Mr. Brown will oversee the non-profit communications law firm's fundraising efforts, while Mr. Schwartzman focuses on MAP's day-to-day operations.

Managing Partner Richard E. Wiley said, "MAP is getting a talented leader with extensive legal and communications expertise. We will miss Ty but wish him all the best."

For more than 37 years, MAP has served the public as a non-profit, public interest law firm dedicated to promoting First Amendment right to access and participation in a diverse marketplace of ideas in media and communications. MAP represents the public interest before the FCC, FTC, and the U.S. Courts, while advocating for open and diverse communications systems that protects the free flow of information and encourages vibrant public discourse.

Mr. Brown, a former commissioner at the FCC during the Carter Administration, is an expert in regulatory issues affecting telecommunications providers and, at Wiley Rein, his practice focused on public policy advocacy and matters before the FCC. Previously, Mr. Brown was vice president of Iridium satellite, in-house counsel for The Washington Post Co.'s broadcast operations, a director and outside counsel for BET and co-founder and Managing Committee member of the District of Columbia Cable Television System, Washington DC's first cable system. More recently, Mr. Brown was a visiting professor at Duke University where he taught journalism ethics. Last year, Mr. Brown was named by The Legal 500 US as a leading lawyer in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law.

Mr. Brown received his J.D., with distinction, from Cornell University and served as a Law Clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court.