Shannon Jankowski is the E.W. Scripps Legal Fellow at Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. In addition to assisting the organization in its amicus and national litigation work, Shannon focuses on supporting local enterprise and investigative journalism, including bolstering access to public records and encouraging greater government transparency.
Before joining Reporters Committee, Shannon was an Associate Attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where her practice included representing clients in defamation, right of publicity, copyright, and trademark litigation, as well as assisting journalists and news organizations in obtaining access to government and judicial records. Shannon also co-authored updates to the Minnesota chapters of RCFP's Open Government Guide and Open Courts Compendium.
Shannon is a 2017 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as articles editor for the Minnesota Law Review. While in law school, she participated in appellate impact litigation as a student attorney and student director of the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, including briefing and arguing a case before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also travelled to The Hague as a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellow in Human Rights and Law, serving as a special rapporteur at the International Criminal Court.
Prior to law school, Shannon was a freelance actress in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area, and graduated summa cum laude from the College of St. Catherine with a bachelor's degree in Theater.