In September, Madeline Lamo joined the Reporters Committee as a Media Litigation Fellow, a role dedicated to helping journalists access court proceedings and legal records.
“I’m excited to learn about how we can use the legal system to advocate for a free press and an informed society,” she said. Madeline hopes to strengthen her research and legal writing skills in her new role at the Reporters Committee.
As the daughter of an attorney, Madeline became interested in law at an early age.
“It’s really the only life profession that I’ve ever seriously considered,” said Madeline, a Minnesota native. “I did mock trial in high school and I just loved being a pretend advocate. It just always felt like a really good fit.”
She attended Bowdoin College in Maine, where her interest in First Amendment law flourished in undergraduate courses.
Madeline later attended the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. She was an articles editor for the Washington Law Review, a member of the Vis Moot arbitration team, and a Hazelton Fellow in the Tech Policy Lab, an interdisciplinary program that looks at the intersection of technology and public policy. During law school, she also interned with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and the ACLU of Washington.
After graduating in 2018, Madeline came to Washington, D.C., for a one-year clerkship at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Office of Special Masters before joining the Reporters Committee.