Peter Scheer

Lawyer, writer and expert on First Amendment / free speech matters

Peter Scheer, a lawyer and journalist, is Executive Director of the First Amendment Coalition (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to free speech and open-government, with offices in California. Scheer received his JD degree from Harvard Law School (where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review) and has argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and most of the federal courts of appeal. He was editor and publisher of The Recorder newspaper in San Francisco, publisher of Legal Times in Washington, DC, and CEO of legal information website Scheer has received both the Eugene S. Pulliam Award and James Madison Award for First Amendment advocacy. His articles on the First Amendment, politics and public policy have appeared in numerous publications, both print and online. Scheer lives in San Rafael, CA.