Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media

The Reynolds Center was created with support from Donald W. Reynolds Foundation that was later supplemented with donations to the Rollan D. Melton Fund, an endowment named in memory of the former NJC trustee and Nevada journalist.

The Reynolds and Melton endowments continue to underwrite NJC activities at the intersection of the judiciary and news media, such as the following, and will do so in perpetuity


Journalist Law School
Loyola University Law School, Los Angeles

This intensive four-day program draws dozens of reporters, editors and producers from some of the nation’s best-known news organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, Reuters, the BBC and many others


With Reynolds support, the College hosted a reception for the journalists both years. In 2018, the NJC arranged for Judge Peggy Davis and Carl M. Dawson, professional counselor, to present a program on “The Role of the Courts in Responding to the Opioid Epidemic.”

The following year Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, a consultant with the Defending Democratic Institutions Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, lectured on behalf of the College on the topic, “Russian and Other Foreign Actors’ Efforts to Undermine the Justice Systems of Western Democracies: Threats and Responses.”

Undermining the Courts and the Media: The Consequences for American Democracy

December 13, 2018, Washington, D.C.

Held at the National Press Club and recorded by C-SPAN, this nonpartisan national symposium for judges and journalists featured  a roundtable with nationally known journalists, including Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post and James Bennet, editorial page editor of The New York Times. There was also a roundtable with federal judges and state Supreme Court justices, including James Robart, the federal judge called a “so-called judge” by President Trump for blocking one of Trump’s travel bans on constitutional grounds.

The program also featured remarks from eyewitnesses to downfalls of democracies, including a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, Frank Cohn, who, after World War II guarded Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials.  Famed Newscaster Marvin Kalb presented the keynote, and NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg participated in a conversation over lunch.