TEAM 
 2019-2020 
 FELLOWS 

Korica Simon is a second year law student at Cornell Law School. She is also a graduate teaching assistant for an information science course at Cornell called Information Ethics, Law, and Policy, where she is able to engage with students on the ethics around up and coming technology and how the law should respond to these innovations. After graduation, she’s hoping to become a privacy lawyer focusing on freedom of expression issues that  marginalized communities face in the age of technological surveillance. 

 

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

I’m interested in the ways in which technological advancement has affected people’s freedom to express themselves and engage in activist work when they know they are being watched.

Jafet Martinez-Molina is a JD/MBA 2L student at the University of Puerto Rico Law School. He has developed a passion for working and learning about intellectual property and constitutional issues that develop around them. He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Pro bono, an online editor of Business Law Journal of the University of Puerto Rico and works for a small law firm that thrives in intellectual property and Startups. 

 

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

 I am interested in the importance of empowering every single person from marginalized communities to express themselves in the most creative ways without fear of any repercussions for assuring our first amendment rights.

Alyssa Morones is a a 2L at UCLA School of Law. Last summer she interned with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, DC and, prior to law school, worked in journalism in various capacities, including as a freelance writer covering health and education issues in California's Central Valley and as a newsroom intern for Education Week Newspaper. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

The important role the First Amendment plays for marginalized and vulnerable communities to advocate for change, especially where other political routes for have been closed off, but also how often barriers to fully exercising these rights are unequally distributed onto these same communities.

Stacey Menjivar is a first-year law student at Boston University School of Law. She is interested in international human rights, immigration and asylum, and freedom of expression issues. She has previously worked as an admissions officer at Harvard University, and as a software consultant for Mercer Digital. She graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in Comparative Literature, specializing in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her beloved puppy, Juno.

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What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

How established institutions (universities, sports teams, and the like) use their power and influence to silence their employees, thereby preventing the lawful exercise of their First Amendment rights. A clear example here is the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick.

Sara Beladi  is a J.D. Candidate at the University of San Francisco. She was previously a legal intern at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and at the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. Before attending law school, Sara worked in media, most recently as a magazine editor and a research and story development professional at a documentary production company. She is coauthor of “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” 

 

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

The frequent misapplication of the confidential business information exemption of the Freedom of Information Act, an issue I became aware of at CIR.

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Header image is Justice, by Diana K. Moore, from outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. You can read more about the sculpture here.

 

The Initiative for a Representative First Amendment is a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic. We're proudly funded by the Legal Clinics fund.