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Jennifer Nelson

Staff attorney
Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson is a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she teaches the First Amendment Clinic.  Her practice includes public records, court access, and legal defense litigation in federal and state courts.

Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Nelson was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she focused on complex litigation and congressional investigations. Before law school, Nelson covered breaking news for the City & Region section as an editorial assistant and freelance reporter for The Boston Globe.

Nelson earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011, where she was a managing editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. During law school, Nelson traveled to Egypt as a Cowan Human Rights Fellow to research government-imposed restrictions on journalists, bloggers, and social media activists. Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University in 2007.

Admitted to practice in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.