It is my pleasure to share the news that I have accepted the 2015-16 Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellowship with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I am humbled and honored to have received this opportunity from the nation’s premier organization fighting to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists in the United States. During my fellowship I will focus on the areas of defamation, invasions of privacy, and reporter’s privilege. Expect to see more updates from these particular topics on MLonML.com in the coming year.
As a journalist and student of journalism, beginning my legal career advocating for press freedoms is a perfect fit. During my 1L summer studying in Lyon, France, I asked my mentor and media law professor Kelli Sager how to become a media lawyer. Without hesitation she said to apply for a fellowship with the Reporters Committee. That afternoon I bookmarked the Reporters Committee fellowship application on my laptop. A year and a half later I applied for a fellowship, interviewed in Washington, D.C., and soon after, accepted a fellowship position, fulfilling an almost two-year-old dream.
I am thankful to everyone at the Reporters Committee for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to moving to D.C. in August and beginning my legal career with some of the greatest First Amendment advocates in the nation.