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First Look Media Technology Legal Fellow
D. Victoria Baranetsky is RCFP's First Look Media Technology Legal Fellow and the Committee's first staff member on the West Coast. She will spend the fellowship year focusing on the intersection between technology and media law on issues like cybersecurity, access to government data, privacy, and government surveillance.
Previously, Baranetsky worked as an attorney at the Wikimedia Foundation on First Amendment issues, including the organization's switch to HTTPS and on the team that handled the Wikimedia v. NSA litigation. She also served as the First Amendment Fellow at the New York Times and clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the Second Circuit.
Baranetsky is a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York, where she also earned her masters in journalism. In 2011, she graduated from Harvard Law School and was awarded Harvard University's Sheldon Fellowship to receive a masters in political theory from Oxford University. Baranetsky has written for several academic publications about the First Amendment. In addition to her role at RCFP, she holds a seat on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force in San Francisco and is a member SPJ's Chapter of Northern California.
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Lisa Burgoa is a sophomore studying International Political Economy with a concentration in International Development at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Burgoa currently serves as the deputy city news editor at Georgetown’s student newspaper The Hoya and as the assistant books editor at the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Her work has previously been featured in the Huffington Post and the Sun Sentinel.
Burgoa is a recipient of the Newseum Institute’s 2014 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Scholarship. Her editorial writing received the Florida Scholastic Press Association’s “Best of the Best” award and won first place in the Sun Sentinel’s High School Journalism Awards two years in a row.
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Legal Fellow
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Ariel Glickman focuses on libel, privacy, protection of confidential sources, and newsgathering. Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Ms. Glickman worked on federal privacy issues at The White House's Office of Management and Budget and served as a research assistant on privacy matters at George Washington University where she received her law degree this past May. She has also worked as a legal intern at The Washington Post, judicial intern to Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and summer associate at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, LLP.
Ms. Glickman earned her bachelor's degree in Politics, French, and Journalism from Brandeis University, where she was both a news writer and copy editor for her college newspaper, The Justice.
Leslie has been a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee since 1994. He also serves as editor of the Reporters Committee's news publications and guides.
Leslie came to Washington to attend Georgetown University. After graduating, he wrote for several publications, and worked as a writer and research director for Regardie's, a local business and political magazine. He continued working as a journalist while attending Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, Leslie worked for the Reporters Committee for a year as a legal fellow. He then worked briefly for the Clinton campaign and transition team, and later continued to work as a freelance writer before rejoining the Reporters Committee.
Leslie has served as chairman of the D.C. Bar's Media Law Committee and as a member of the governing committee of the Communications Law Forum of the American Bar Association, as well as the ABA's Fair Trial and Free Press Task Force.
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Lloyd has worked in the non-profit sector for most of her career, having previously served as Office Manager of the Center for Law and Social Policy.
She started work at the Reporters Committee as an assistant to the first executive director, Jack Landau, and has since taken on additional responsibilites as office manager. Lloyd oversees the financial and business operations of the Reporters Committee, including oversight of grant budget preparation and expenditures.
Her interest in journalism was sparked in high school where she served as a reporter on the newspaper staff and editor of the yearbook.
Selina MacLaren will spend her fellowship year working on issues related to national security, privacy, and free expression.
MacLaren was previously a litigation associate at the firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation and white-collar defense.
MacLaren graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in May 2014. During law school, she represented indigent defendants through the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, worked as a research assistant, and interned at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Alexandria, Va. She also served as an editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law.
She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with highest honors, and studied abroad at the University of Delhi.
This fellowship is supported by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
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Andrea Perez is a senior at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and will graduate with honors, attaining a degree in mass communication and a double minor in business administration and English.
Andrea served as president of Eta Omicron Nu, a student organization offshoot of her university's Honors College. She has studied abroad in two countries and has interests ranging from reading and baking to reporting news around her community.
She wrote for The Monitor daily newspaper in McAllen, Texas for over a year where she focused on a variety of topics. Prior to that, she wrote for The Panamerican, her university's publication. After graduation, Andrea plans to pursue a career in print journalism and eventually attend law school.
Katie Townsend, a former litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP, is the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press' first litigation director.
In this new post, Townsend will oversee freedom of information activities of the Reporters Committee, as well as participate in a full range of media law issues with a focus on handling litigation brought by the Reporters Committee.
At Gibson Dunn, Townsend specialized in media and entertainment litigation, representing clients on First Amendment issues, including compelled speech, prior restraints, and liability for newsgathering and publication in both traditional and digital media. She also advised clients concerning public access to judicial records and proceedings, and provided pre-publication review to news organizations.
In May 2014, Townsend was named a "Rising Star" – one of the nation's top media and entertainment attorneys under the age of 40 – by Law 360.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Townsend spent a summer in the Washington, D.C. office of Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz LLP.
Townsend is a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review, and a participant in the First Amendment Clinic. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2004 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in broadcast journalism. While pursuing her undergraduate degrees, she worked as a reporter and producer for a local AM news radio station.
Caitlin Vogus is the first Stanton Foundation Media Litigation fellow at the Reporters Committee. She will spend the two-year fellowship working on First Amendment and free press litigation matters, with a focus on access to courts and freedom of information litigation.
Vogus was previously an Attorney Advisor in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to working at the FCC, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr. of the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Vogus earned her bachelor's degree in American Studies in 2007 from the University of Virginia, where she was executive editor of The Declaration, a weekly news and humor magazine. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010. She was previously a volunteer for the Digital Media Law Project and a summer associate at Levine, Sullivan, Koch, & Schultz, LLP.
Rick Blum coordinates the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media groups promoting open government policies and practices.
Founded in 2005, the coalition actively supported passage of the 2007 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act that created the Office of Government Information Services, which is the first independent office designed to mediate FOIA disputes and recommend improvements. Blum and the coalition discovered the provision buried in the president's 2009 budget that would have eliminated the ombudsman office before its creation, and helped the coalition ensure Congress established OGIS within NARA as originally intended. He coordinated an ultimately successful coalition effort to confront growing government criticism of the media for unauthorized disclosures of classified information throughout 2006 and throughout WikiLeaks disclosures in 2010-11.
Blum has testified before House and Senate committees several times on transparency issues. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and has promoted open government through radio show appearances and interviews in newspapers and broadcasts. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Transparency.
Blum was the founding director of OpenTheGovernment.org, a broad coalition of journalists, labor, and free-speech and environmental advocates. There he launched the Secrecy Report Card, an annual report of quantitative indicators of secrecy and openness in the federal government. As a policy analyst at OMB Watch from 1997-2001, he worked with environmental groups, librarians, freedom-of-information advocates and others to maintain public access to chemical accident risk management plans.
He holds a master's degree from Indiana University, where his studies focused on democratization efforts in Russia, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife and two children.