About the California Anti-SLAPP Project
The California Anti-SLAPP Project (CASP) is a public interest law firm and policy organization dedicated to fighting Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) in California. Often these suits are filed in the form of claims of defamation, libel, slander, malicious prosecution and/or abuse of process, among others. Our practice is devoted to defending our clients’ First Amendment rights to participate in government and civic affairs, and protecting the right to speak freely about public issues and matters of public interest.
Also active in legislative advocacy, CASP led a statewide coalition to secure enactment of the California anti-SLAPP law, Code of Civil Procedure, section 425.16, in 1991 and 1992, as well as strengthening amendments in 1997 and 1999. CASP was also a co-sponsor of SB 789 (Kuehl) in 2002, which was designed to prevent corporate abuse of the anti-SLAPP law. The legislation was signed into law in 2003, creating new section 425.17 of the Code of Civil Procedure. CASP was also the sponsor of AB 1158 (Lieber) in 2005, which amended the anti-SLAPP law and created new section 425.18 of the Code of Civil Procedure, dealing with SLAPPbacks. CASP also co-sponsored AB 2433 (Krekorian) in 2008, which amended Code of Civil Procedure sections 1987.1 and 1987.2 to allow anonymous Internet speakers whose identity is sought by a subpoena in California, based on a lawsuit in another state, to challenge the subpoena and recover attorneys fees if they are successful.
Mark Goldowitz – Founder and Director
Mark Goldowitz has specialized in First Amendment and anti-SLAPP issues since 1993, and has written and lectured widely on the California anti-SLAPP law. He is a 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the California Bar. Eight of the cases that Goldowitz prevailed in are published appellate opinions, including the first such opinion by the California Supreme Court. In addition, his status as an expert in anti-SLAPP law has been recognized in four appellate opinions.
Goldowitz is also founder, and President of the Board of Directors, of the Public Participation Project, which is leading the campaign for federal anti-SLAPP legislation.
Paul Clifford – Attorney
Paul Clifford graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1984, and is a member of the California Bar. Clifford has substantial trial court and appellate court experience with anti-SLAPP motions, and won one of the very first anti-SLAPP motions granted by the Marin County Superior Court. Before joining CASP in 2003, Clifford was in private practice specializing in tenants rights law.
Shanti Michaels – Attorney
Shanti Michaels graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 2009, where she served as an editor on the Constitutional Law Quarterly. Upon graduating, she lived briefly in Puerto Rico, where she conducted research for the National Environmental Law Association regarding anti-SLAPP legislation. Michaels received her B.A. with honors from Mount Holyoke College, majoring in International Relations and Spanish. Prior to joining CASP in 2013, she practiced civil litigation in Humboldt County, California.
Evan Mascagni – Attorney
Evan Mascagni graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Mascagni was Editor-in-Chief of the UDC Law Review, was awarded the Women’s Bar Association 2010 Founders Fellowship, and was awarded a Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2009, where he worked at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, DC.
Lisa Fox-Mullen – Deputy Director
Prior to joining CASP in 2009, Lisa Fox-Mullen spent three years with the New York Civil Liberties Union, advocating before the state legislature. Fox-Mullen completed her Master’s in Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs in 2004 and has a background in international human rights. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna.
Stéphanie Meldgaard – Office Manager/Legal Assistant
Stéphanie Meldgaard graduated from Sonoma State University where she received her bachelors degree in Global Studies with a concentration in international business. Stéphanie has nearly a decade of experience in the legal field. Prior to joining CASP in 2010, she worked as a litigation paralegal in an employment law firm in Walnut Creek.
The information on this website is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. The information here is meant to provide general information to the public. We would be happy to consider your specific situation and the possibility of providing legal advice or assistance if you contact us directly.