About Mary-Rose Papandrea
Mary-Rose Papandrea joined the BC Law faculty in 2004. Prior to coming to Boston College, Professor Papandrea was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Connecticut and Fordham.
After graduating from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Papandrea clerked for Hon. John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Hon. David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, Professor Papandrea spent several years as a litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in First Amendment and media defense litigation. Papandrea is Chair of the AALS National Security Law Section and past Chair of the AALS Mass Communication Law Section. She is a member of the Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and District of Columbia bars.
Professor Papandrea's teaching interests include civil procedure, constitutional law, media law, and national security and civil liberties. Her research focuses on the impact of new technology on our understanding of the First Amendment and Media law.
Honors and Awards
- "2006 Faculty Member of the Year" by the Women's Law Center, Boston College Law School
- Fall 2014: Civil Procedure, Media Law
- Spring 2015: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law II
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Leaker Traitor Whistleblower Spy: National Security Leaks and the First Amendment Boston University Law Review (2014)
The article discusses traitors, national security leaks in the U.S., the First Amendment to the nation's Constitution as of March 32014, focusing on the U.S. Espionage Act and criminal penalties for constitutional treason. The alleged ...
Moving Beyond Cameras in the Courtroom: The Supreme Court, Technology, and the Media Brigham Young University Law Review (2013)
From the introduction: News media, legal blogs, and law reviews routinely cite a panoply of reasons why the Supreme Court will not permit the televising or videotaping of oral arguments: the Justices’ desire for anonymity ...
Balancing and the Unauthorized Disclosure of National Security Information: A Response to Mark Fenster's Disclosure Effects: WikiLeaks and Transparency Iowa Law Review Bulletin (2012)
In his recent article, Disclosure’s Effects: WikiLeaks and Transparency, Mark Fenster argues that WikiLeaks demonstrates the “impossibility” of balancing the public benefits of national-security-information disclosure with the effects of the disclosure on the nation’s national ...
Social Media, Public School Teachers, and the First Amendment North Carolina Law Review (2012)
Education officials around the country are grappling with issues surrounding public school teachers’ use of social media. Typically concerned that social media makes it easier for teachers to engage in inappropriate communications with their students, ...
The Publication of National Security Information in the Digital Age Journal of National Security Law & Policy (2011)
From the Introduction: In one of her speeches on Internet freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that “[t]he fact that WikiLeaks used the internet is not the reason we criticized its actions.” Although ...
Lapdogs, Watchdogs, and Scapegoats: The Press and National Security Information Indiana Law Journal (2008)
In the United States, the Executive branch possesses virtually unbridled classification authority to keep information from the public. Although the Freedom of Information Act and whistleblower protection laws serve as some check on the Executive’s ...
Citizen Journalism and the Reporter’s Privilege Minnesota Law Review (2007)
The reporter’s privilege is under attack, and “pajama-clad bloggers” are largely to blame. Courts and commentators have argued that because the rise of bloggers and other “citizen journalists” renders it difficult to define who counts ...
Under Attack: The Public's Right to Know and the War on Terror Boston College Third World Law Journal (2005)
Since the September 11 attacks, courts have been reluctant to uphold the public’s right to obtain government information through the Freedom of Information Act and the First Amendment right of access. Given the doctrinal and ...