Theresa was the 2003 recipient of the Roll of Honor Award.
Theresa has been FTRF's General Counsel since 2000 after serving for several years on the legal team led by Roll of Honor recipient Bruce Ennis. She has served as the primary faculty for ALA's Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians trainings, and is a board member of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. Theresa is author of "Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and their Lawyers" published by ALA Editions.
THANK YOU, Theresa Chmara, for your exceptional work as General Counsel to the Freedom to Read Foundation and for your years as a key part of the legal team working to support the Foundation.
Thank you for sharing with us your immense knowledge of First Amendment law, particularly as applied to libraries, and for doing so in a clear, concise, and understandable way. Your thoughtful advice, valuable experience, and remarkable patience have helped us to make difficult decisions.
Thank you, Theresa, for providing outstanding assistance to the many local librarians and attorneys who have depended on you as they pursued their landmark litigation in cases around the country. It is in these towns and courtrooms that key precedents are established and the vision of the Foundation is realized. Your assistance in these communities has been invaluable to the libraries and library users who have called upon us.
Thank you for your tireless efforts in leading the legal team challenging to the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The Freedom to Read Foundation, along with the American Library Association and our other co-plaintiffs, is honored to have you as our counsel.
Thank you, Theresa Chmara, for your unstinting dedication to the mission and goals of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and for your steadfast commitment to libraries, library users, and the freedom to read. Through your efforts, the First Amendment has been strengthened.
Gordon M. Conable, President Judith F. Krug, Executive Director Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 2003