NPPA Announces New Award in Honor of Austin Associate Alicia Calzada


AUSTIN – The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has announced the creation of the Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award, an annual award recognizing individuals that have supported advocacy work in First Amendment freedoms.

The award was named after Haynes and Boone, LLP Associate Alicia Calzada, in recognition of Calzada’s work in helping advance NPPA’s advocacy work in First Amendment freedoms.

“This is an amazing accomplishment and we are so proud of Alicia,” said Laura Prather, a partner at the firm who focuses her practice on First Amendment. “She has dedicated so much time and energy into supporting NPPA’s mission. No one is more deserving of this honor.”

Calzada is a longtime chair of NPPA’s Advocacy Committee and has served as the organization’s president.

“Alicia has transformed the NPPA through her leadership and dedication to mission of the organization,” said Mindy Hutchison, executive director of the NPPA. “She is a tenacious advocate for issues that affect visual journalists, and she is tireless in her efforts to assist members in need of advice and support."

She has experience in general litigation with an emphasis on matters involving defamation, First Amendment, commercial practices, and Texas' new anti-Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation (SLAPP) law, as well as intellectual property matters pertaining to copyright and trademark infringement claims.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Calzada was a photojournalist for more than 20 years.

The Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award is the first NPPA award named after a female.

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