Morgan N. Weiland is an attorney and scholar whose research, legal practice, and policy work sit at the intersection of First Amendment doctrine, networked media, and technological change. She proposed, helped design, and is in the process of completing the first joint degree JD/PhD program between Stanford Law School (SLS), where she graduated in 2015, and Stanford’s Communication Department, where she is a PhD candidate, to advance this interdisciplinary work.
Weiland was a Lecturer in Law at SLS last year, where she developed and taught a new course about platforms, law, and ethics with Professor Barbara van Schewick. She is also a Graduate Fellow at SLS’s Center for Internet & Society.
Her dissertation examines the public responsibilities of private platforms as crucial spaces for contemporary discourse. Weiland presented her dissertation research at the 2018 Yale Law School Freedom of Expression Scholars’ Conference and the International Communication Association (ICA) conference, where her paper, The Paradox of Platforms-as-Press: Unwinding This Analogy to Solve the Platform Accountability Problem, was selected as the Top Student Paper for the Communication Law & Policy Division.
Her earlier, 2017 Stanford Law Review article, “Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core: The Ascendant Libertarian Speech Tradition,” won the 2018 Harry W. Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research in Media Law and Policy, awarded by AEJMC. She is the first graduate student to win this award.