Morgan N. Weiland is an attorney and PhD candidate at Stanford University specializing in speech, press, and technology law and ethics. She created the first joint degree program between Stanford Law School, where she received her J.D. in 2015, and Stanford’s Communication Department. She is a Junior Affiliate Scholar at SLS’s Center for Internet & Society, and a graduate fellow at Stanford’s McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.
Weiland will be clerking for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals during the 2018-19 term. She is a member of the California Bar.
Her scholarship, legal practice, and policy work sit at the intersection of First Amendment doctrine, networked media, and technological change. Weiland’s Stanford Law Review article, “Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core: The Ascendant Libertarian Speech Tradition,” focuses on the theoretical and ideological underpinnings of contemporary expressive jurisprudence. She presented her new work, “First Amendment Metaphors: From ‘Marketplace’ to ‘Free Flow of Information,'” at Yale Law School’s 2017 Freedom of Expression Scholars’ Conference.
Press Clause & Shield Legislation
Weiland’s scholarship and policy work has also focused on the press clause and journalism. She is researching the doctrinal development of the press clause, a paper that was supported by Stanford’s Constitutional Law Center and presented at the Communication Department’s Rebele Symposium in April 2015.
Related to this research, Weiland has engaged extensively with the federal shield bill debate. She has spoken about the bill and its potential impact on journalism at AEJMC’s 2014 conference. Free Press, in a report titled “Acts of Journalism: Defining Press Freedom in the Digital Age,” notes that “[j]ournalism and First Amendment scholar Morgan Weiland has argued that lawmakers should simply drop the definition of ‘covered persons’ in both the House and Senate bills and rely instead on the House definition of journalism.” She advanced these arguments while working as a legal intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2013, where she critiqued and helped to change the legislation. Her work on congressional shield legislation is also featured in the Stanford Lawyer.
Network Neutrality & Mass Surveillance
Additionally, Weiland has been active in policy debates in telecommunications and mass surveillance. She has worked with Professor Barbara van Schewick to secure a legal victory establishing strong network neutrality regulations in the U.S. In January 2015, they published a critique of the Republican’s network neutrality bill in the Stanford Law Review Online, building on prior collaborations about network neutrality. She also has written about the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of leakers and whistleblowers with Jennifer Granick.
Before coming to Stanford, she worked at Media Matters for America as a Research Project Manager during the ’08 election and was the point person during the health care reform debate. She also covered health care on the Hill for Bloomberg/BNA. She has a BA with honors from Carleton College.