Public Interest Law Firm

1991 - Present

Clarendon Foundation was organized as a Virginia public interest law firm in March, 1991. The two founders, both attorneys, were Ronald D. Maines and Kemp R. Harshman. The Foundation filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court. Its highest profile case was the representation of the NAACP in a landmark free speech case (R.A.V v. St. Paul, 505 U. S. 377 (1992)). This issue in this case was whether the anti-cross burning ordinance in St. Paul, Minnesota, violated the First Amendment. The Court ruled that the ordinance was not a violation of free speech, which was the position advocated by Clarendon Foundation in its amicus brief.

Currently, the Foundation is continuing to pursue projects related to nonprofit law. It has successfully assisted educational institutions with responding to regulatory actions, and preparing applications for instructional broadcast channels. Clarendon has also worked with wireless operators in preparing proposals to lease spectrum and negotiate excess capacity airtime lease agreements with educational institutions.

In addition, Clarendon continues to participate in the regulatory rulemaking process by submitting comments about proposed regulations related to our mission that are issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal agencies. The Foundation also assists other EBS Licensees in resolving any legal issues that arise in connection with FCC Rules and Regulations or with Excess Capacity Airtime Leases.

In 1998-1999, Clarendon was engaged by the American Physical Society (APS) to perform the copyright clearance for all of the images used in a 20th Century Timeline and wall chart about the history of the science of physics. The APS provided copies of the timeline wall chart to every high school in the United States. The content of the wall chart can be accessed on the APS website.