Mary-Rose Papandrea

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  • J.D. (High Honors), University of Chicago (1995)
  • B.A., Humanities (cum laude), Yale University (1992)

Mary-Rose Papandrea came to the University of North Carolina School of Law from Boston College Law School in 2015. Her teaching and research interests include constitutional law, media law, torts, civil procedure, and national security and civil liberties.

After graduating from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Papandrea clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter as well as Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit and Hon. John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC, where she specialized in First Amendment and media law litigation. In addition to Boston College Law School, Professor Papandrea also has taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Fordham Law School, Wake Forest Law School, and the University of Paris (Nanterre).

Co-author of the casebook Media and the Law (LexisNexis, 2nd ed. 2014) (with Lee Levine, David Ardia & Dale Cohen), Professor Papandrea has written extensively about government secrecy and national security leaks, the reporter's privilege, student speech rights, the First Amendment rights of public employees, and the U.S. Supreme Court and technology. Representative articles include Leaker Traitor Whistleblower Spy: National Security Leaks and the First Amendment, 94 B.U. Law Rev. 449 (2014) (PDF); Social Media, Public School Teachers, and the First Amendment, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1597 (2012); Lapdogs, Watchdogs, and Scapegoats: The Press and National Security Information, 83 Ind. L. J. 233 (2008); Student Speech Rights in the Digital Age, 60 Fla. L. Rev. 1027 (2008); and Citizen Journalism and the Reporter's Privilege, 97 Minn. L. Rev. 515 (2007).

Professor Papandrea has served as the Chair of the American Association of Law School's Mass Media Law and National Security Law sections and remains on the Executive Committee of both sections. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

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  • National Security Information Disclosures and the Role of Intent, 56 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1381 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Leaker Traitor Whistleblower Spy: National Security Leaks and the First Amendment, 94 B.U. L. REV. 449 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Balancing and the Unauthorized Disclosure of National Security Information: A Response to Mark Fenster's Disclosure Effects: WikiLeaks and Transparency, 97 IOWA L. REV. BULL. 94 (2012). [Westlaw, Hein, BEPress]
  • Moving Beyond Cameras in the Courtroom: Technology, the Media, and the Supreme Court, 2012 BYU L. REV. 1901 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Social Media, Public School Teachers, and the First Amendment, 90 N.C. L. REV. 1597 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Publication of National Security Information in the Digital Age, 5 J. NAT'L SECURITY L. & POL'Y 119 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Free Speech Rights of “Off-Duty” Government Employees, 2010 BYU L. REV. 2117 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Lapdogs, Watchdogs, and Scapegoats: The Press and National Security Information, 83 IND. L.J. 233 (2008). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Student Speech Rights in the Digital Age, 60 FLA. L. REV. 1027 (2008). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Citizen Journalism and the Reporter’s Privilege, 91 Minn. L. Rev. 515 (2007). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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