J.D., Stanford Law School 8/12 – 6/15

  • Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
  • Stanford Law Review Articles Editor; Senior Editor of the Year 2015
  • Junior Affiliate Scholar, Stanford Center for Internet & Society
  • Class prizes
    • John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance in Legal Ethics
    • John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance in Law, Leadership and Social Change
    • Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Outstanding Performance in Federal Litigation
    • Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Research and Legal Writing
  • Fellowships
    • Bradley Student Fellow, Stanford Constitutional Law Center
    • Graduate Fellow, Graduate Voice & Influence Program
  • Pro Bono Distinction
  • Teaching Assistant, Dean Larry Kramer, “Role of the Supreme Court in American History” J.D. candidate, class of 2015

Ph.D. candidate, Stanford Communication Department 8/10 – present

  • Created joint degree program between Stanford Law and Communication Department
  • Stanford Graduate Fellow, awarded by the Vice Provost for Graduate Education “to attract the very best graduate students”
  • Haas Graduate Public Service Fellow, Haas Center for Public Service
  • Teaching Assistant, “Perspectives on American Journalism”, Professor Theodore Glasser and “Digital Media in Society”, Professor Fred Turner
  • Course Development Assistant, “The Idea of a Free Press”, Professor Theodore Glasser

B.A., Carleton College, Northfield, MN 9/02 – 6/06

  • Magna cum laude (3.85) B.A. in political science, minor in cinema and media studies
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Mortar Board
  • David John Field Prize for imagination and ingenuity in the liberal arts
  • Distinction in major
  • Senior thesis awards
    • Distinction in senior thesis
    • Placed first at Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference
    • Placed second at Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science
    • Published in Creighton University’s Missouri Valley Journal of Social Science and Illinois State University’s Critique Student Journal

School for International Training, Geneva, Switzerland 8/04 – 12/04

  • Published comparative media analysis of Bush administration’s “mission accomplished” photo-op as part of select group on the SIT website
  • Program in International Studies, Organizations, and Social Justice, including French language immersion homestay

New York University, Paris, France 6/04 – 7/04

  • Program in immersive French language, focused on French cinema and film theory


Law Clerk, The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Diego, CA 8/18 – 8/19

  • Accepted post-graduate clerkship position

Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, NYC & Washington, D.C. 6/14 – 8/14 

  • Created one-of-a-kind summer associate position in the firm’s D.C. and NYC offices
  • Reported to partners on First Amendment and media law matters, including litigation about state­‐level FOIA requests, class action litigation, and prepublication review
  • Worked with partners on telecommunications regulatory litigation, including representing T­‐Mobile regarding a cramming claim
  • Co-­authoring book chapter on national security law and journalism with a partner

Legal Intern, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco 6/13  8/13

  • Wrote a brief successfully arguing for a temporary restraining order of a New Jersey law that, if it had gone into effect, would have contradicted a key federal statute ensuring free speech online, CDA 230, and First Amendment law

Project Manager, Media Matters for America, Washington, D.C. 1/10 – 6/10

  • Managed 6-person research team producing report on media coverage of stimulus debate
  • Hired 4 interns for research project and trained them in content analysis coding

Deputy Editor, Media Matters for America, Washington, D.C. 10/09 – 12/09

  • Assisted in leadership and editorial direction of independent research team
  • Responsibilities included print, web, and broadcast news monitoring; research, writing, and editing in a speed and detail-driven workplace
  • Continued research responsibilities and health care issue leadership

Researcher, Media Matters for America, Washington, D.C. 8/08 – 10/09

  • Identified and posted high-impact video, audio and text clips, wrote daily articles rebutting specific falsehoods and problematic narratives, and produced in-depth pieces addressing broader themes and frames
  • Led anti-health reform pushback, including analysis of bills and policy discussions, media appearances discussing the media climate, and maintenance of documentation and resources for the editorial staff
  • Rapid response team member covering the 24hr. election news cycle in the months leading up to the 2008 Presidential and Congressional elections
  • Publications including documentation and rebuttal of socialized medicine smear of 20th century health care reform efforts, of misogynist and racist smears against Sonia Sotomayor, and of “birther” smear against President Obama

Staff Editor, Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C. 4/07 – 7/08

  • Recruited to cover Medicare Part A for the weekly Medicare Report and to write daily stories for the Health Care Daily Report
  • Reported on Hill floor action, markups, and hearings, including interviews with prominent Senators and Representatives
  • Covered Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) meetings and reports
  • Work recognized for BNA editorial achievement award

Reporter, FDC Reports, Washington, D.C. 7/06 – 3/07

  • Wrote stories for health care weekly The Gray Sheet and daily Health News Daily
  • Covered FDA meetings and scientific conferences

Research Assistant, Carleton College Sociology Department, Northfield, MN 3/05 – 6/06

  • Contributed to paper assessing effects of socio-historical contexts on judicial decision-making for academic journal submission using research tools and databases

Research Assistant, Carleton College Political Science Department, Northfield, MN 11/05 – 12/05

  • Analyzed local television coverage of the 2004 Presidential election for qualitative coding

Press Intern, United Nations Press Office, Geneva, Switzerland 11/04

  • Accredited with United Nations and worked under a BBC News journalist
  • Attended and de-briefed superior on multi-lingual press conferences
  • Researched and submitted rush stories, working in both French and English  

Teaching Assistant, Carleton College Sociology Department, Northfield, MN 4/03 – 6/03

  • Helped students develop and edit papers
  • Conducted review sessions for midterm and final exams

Production Intern, NPR member station KRVS-FM, Lafayette, LA 6/03 – 8/03

  • Wrote and produced for air half-hour documentary about the impact of Franco-American tensions due to the War in Iraq on the identity of the Acadian French
  • Wrote and produced daily public service announcements


Academic Publications

  • Van Schewick, Barbara & Morgan N. Weiland, New Republican Bill Is Network Neutrality in Name Only, 67 STAN. L. REV. ONLINE 85 (2015).
  • Picard, Robert G., et al., Panel I: The Future of the Political Economy of Press Freedom, 19 COMM. L. & POL’Y 97 (2014).
    • Note: This article, which I co-authored, is part of a symposium issue, the product of a summit held by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. See Glasser, Theodore L. & Timothy W. Gleason, Summit Report: Freedom of the Press in the Twenty-First Century—An Agenda for Thought and Action: Introduction, 19 COMM. L. & POL’Y 87 (2014).

Law & Policy Publications 

  • Van Schewick, Barbara & Morgan N. Weiland, Evaluating the Chairman’s Revised Net Neutrality Proposal, STANFORD CENTER FOR INTERNET & SOC’Y  BLOG (May 12, 2014).
  • Weiland, Morgan N. & Jennifer Granick, Obama Press Attacks Degrade the First Amendment in the Name of Security, FORBES.COM (Mar. 20, 2014).
  • Weiland, Morgan N., Protecting Journalism in the Digital Era, STAN. LAW., Nov. 2013.
  • Weiland, Morgan N., Senate’s Broadened Definition of Journalist Is an Improvement, but Still Not Enough, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS FOUND. BLOG (Sept. 13, 2013).
  • Weiland, Morgan N., Why Sen. Feinstein Is Wrong About Who’s a “Real Reporter”, EFF.ORG (Aug. 9, 2013).
  • Weiland, Morgan N., Congress and the Justice Dept’s Dangerous Attempts to Define “Journalist” Threaten to Exclude Bloggers, EFF.ORG (July 23, 2013).


  • Paper accepted at AEJMC 2016. Theodore L. Glasser & Morgan N. Weiland, On the Unfortunate Divide Between Media Ethics and Media Law.
  • Invited paper presenter and discussant, Yale Law School Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference, April-May 2016.
  • Invited panelist, Teaching, Engaging, and Protecting Acts of Journalism, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference, 2014.


Letters Joined as Signatory 

Leadership & Volunteering


Graduate Voice & Influence Program, Stanford, CA 8/14 – 5/15

  • Selected to participate in program to cultivate the talents of women graduate students run by Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellow, Stanford, CA 12/11 – 6/12

  • Selected as a fellow by Haas Center for Public Service in recognition and support of my commitment to “engage in public scholarship and service”

Chair, Qualitative Methods Initiative, Stanford, CA 6/11 – 6/12

  • Spearheading effort to create interdisciplinary, graduate-level qualitative methods resource center in collaboration with the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences

Member, National Press Club, Washington, D.C. 9/07 – 6/10

Co-Ambassador, OneWebDay D.C., Washington, D.C. 6/08 – 9/08

  • Oversaw project strategy and marketing for the web “Time Capsule,” including creative strategy, specifications development, press outreach, and content management
  • Coordinated press event with New America Foundation, elected officials, a FCC chairman, and nonprofit leaders focusing on the importance of online political participation

Panelist, Hurricane Katrina Symposium at Carleton College, Northfield, MN 3/06

  • Presented on and fielded questions about the role of the corporate media during Hurricane Katrina for panel, The Media and Katrina: Voices from the Gulf Coast

News Director, community station KRLX-FM, Northfield, MN 3/04 – 3/06

  • Expanded daily news programming from 15 to 150 minutes and developed a community-centric editorial strategy to build listenership and foster local engagement
  • Cultivated relationship with Cinema and Media Studies Department encouraging students to integrate professional and academic development

Co-host and Producer, Locally Grown, KRLX-FM, Northfield, MN 1/06 – 5/06

  • Developed, co-hosted, and produced weekly community-focused talk show with community leaders, politicians, professors, and students

Co-host and Producer, Talking Politics, KRLX-FM, Northfield, MN 3/04 – 3/05

  • Co-hosted and engineered live current events talk show with Carleton College professor
  • Interviewed faculty, politicians, community leaders, and students

Executive Editor and Producer, Periscope, KRLX-FM, Northfield, MN 1/03 – 3/04

  • Headed 8-person long-form documentary group


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