I am an attorney, author, and journalist motivated by preserving and progressing civil liberties on and offline. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently reside in Washington, D.C.
I serve as a judicial clerk for Judge Steven M. Wellner of the District of Columbia Superior Court.
I am also a co-author of Internet Law: The Complete Guide. I wrote the Social Media and the Law chapter and have been updating chapters on copyright, domain name, trademark, trade secret, patent, agency, and contract law. Social Media and the Law focuses specifically on the speech, privacy, and intellectual property issues implicated by social media platforms.
I often guest lecture classes at Georgetown University, focusing on civil liberties and defamation, privacy, copyright, and obscenity law.
From September 2015 – August 2016, I served as the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellow at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP). As a legal fellow, I concentrated on the First Amendment and issues of defamation, privacy, protection of confidential sources, and newsgathering. My primary responsibility included providing a voice for the press in First Amendment litigation by drafting amicus briefs (friend-of-the-court briefs) on behalf of and in concert with the press and other civil liberty organizations . The briefs advocated for expansive speech and press rights, often explaining how a particular case will affect journalists and why a law or application of a law may violate the First Amendment. For a list of my amicus work, please visit my publications page.
I also wrote articles for RCFP’s website and magazine, The News Media and Thee Law. Topics included the following: waiver of reporter’s privilege, police body camera transparency, the opinion-fact dichotomy in libel law, newsworthiness standards in privacy cases, cameras in courts, and a federal anti-SLAPP law. I answered daily calls from the reporter’s hotline where journalists inquired about their rights and legal protections.
As a law student . . . I received a J.D. (Juris Doctor) and D.C.L. (Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law) from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in May 2015. I am admitted to practice law in the state of Louisiana.
I served on the Editorial Board of the Louisiana Law Review as the Online Editor. My tasks included maintaining the Law Review website and coordinating and editing blog posts by the Senior Associates on the Louisiana Law Review‘s blog, LLR Lagniappe. I redesigned the Louisiana Law Review website and rebranded the Law Review on its social media platforms during my tenure.
As a 2L, I was a Junior Associate for the Louisiana Law Review, spending most of the year researching, writing, and editing my Comment that focuses on a free speech and free press issue in Louisiana. My Comment titled, “A Gunman’s Paradise: How Louisiana Shields Concealed Handgun Permit Holders While Targeting Free Speech and Why Other States Should Avoid the Same Misfire,” provides an analysis of a law passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2013 banning employees of the government, citizens, and the press from speaking about gun permit ownership and imposing criminal penalties for such behavior. The Comment begins by providing the background and justifications of the law’s passage and then assesses the constitutionality of the law, focusing on First Amendment history and doctrine. Besides noting the law’s constitutional violations and policy flaws, I encourage other states to resist passing such meritless legislation. The Comment was published in Volume 75, Issue 2 of the Louisiana Law Review.
Besides working for the Louisiana Law Review, I served as the president of the LSU Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law Society (SEMLS) and vice president of the LSU Intellectual Property Law Association. I assisted Professor Lee Ann Lockridge as a research assistant in copyright law and was a student member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Communications Law and Section of Intellectual Property Law.
During the spring of 2014, I was a judicial extern for Judge James Brady of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Before entering law school, I assisted Circuit Judge Jon Comstock in the 19th Circuit Court West in Bentonville, Arkansas.
During the summer of 2013, I clerked at Favret & Lea, LLC in New Orleans as a summer associate. In 2011-12 I served as a file clerk for Kean Miller LLP in its Baton Rouge office.
As a journalist . . . I graduated from the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication in 2012 with a B.A. in mass communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in business administration. I spent my four years at LSU working for various media outlets.
I worked as a sports writer for The Daily Reveille for seven semesters and as a news writer for one semester. In 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists selected The Daily Reveille, which has a daily circulation of 14,000 newspapers at 80 sites across the state, as the country’s best all-around daily student newspaper in its national Mark of Excellence Awards.
At the Reveille, I covered the following beats: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, recruiting, and health. I also worked as the sales and marketing manager for LSU Student Media.
Besides writing for The Daily Reveille‘s companion website, LSUReveille.com, I was a staff writer for FoxSports (TigerSportsDigest.com) and a sports writer and columnist for SportsNola.com (formerly NewOrleans.com Sports). I covered three Sugar Bowl (2013-15). My articles have been featured on Yahoo.com, WWLTV.com and WAFB.com.
On Friday nights from 2009-11, I worked as a sports reporter for WGSO 990 AM and Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football show, giving live reports from local high school football games. I had the privilege of being a sideline reporter for live broadcasts of LHSAA football playoffs from Cajun Field in Lafayette, La. and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. I also worked for Reveille radio as a radio announcer, broadcasting radio packages and news alerts on KLSU 91.1. FM.