PhD candidate, Stanford University, Department of Communication, Stanford, CA, expected 2022.

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA, 2015.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (minor Cinema & Media Studies), Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2006.


Academic Publications

Glasser, Theodore L.  & Morgan N. Weiland, “On the Unfortunate Divide between Media Ethics and Media Law,” in Lee Wilkins and Clifford G. Christians, eds., The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge (2020).

Weiland, Morgan N., Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core: The Ascendant Libertarian Speech Tradition, 69 Stan. L. Rev. 1389 (2017).

Reviewed by Ronald K.L. Collins in First Amendment News and by Enrique Armijo in Jotwell.

Van Schewick, Barbara & Morgan N. Weiland, New Republican Bill Is Network Neutrality in Name Only, 67 Stan. L. Rev. Online 85 (2015).

Picard, Robert G., et al., Panel I: The Future of the Political Economy of Press Freedom, 19 Comm. L. & Pol’y 97 (2014).

Note: This article, which I co-authored, is part of a symposium issue, the product of a summit held by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. See Glasser, Theodore L. & Timothy W. Gleason, Summit Report: Freedom of the Press in the Twenty-First Century—An Agenda for Thought and Action: Introduction, 19 Comm. L. & Pol’y 87 (2014).

Law & Policy Publications

Weiland, Morgan N., D.C. Circuit’s Net Neutrality Ruling Rejects Corporate First Amendment Expansionism, Stanford Center for Internet & Soc’y Blog (June 14, 2016).

Van Schewick, Barbara & Morgan N. Weiland, Evaluating the Chairman’s Revised Net Neutrality Proposal, Stanford Center for Internet & Soc’y Blog (May 12, 2014).

Weiland, Morgan N. & Jennifer Granick, Obama Press Attacks Degrade the First Amendment in the Name of Security, (Mar. 20, 2014).

Weiland, Morgan N., Protecting Journalism in the Digital Era, Stan. Law., Nov. 2013.

Weiland, Morgan N., Senate’s Broadened Definition of Journalist Is an Improvement, but Still Not Enough, Freedom of the Press Found. Blog (Sept. 12, 2013).

Weiland, Morgan N., Why Sen. Feinstein Is Wrong About Who’s a “Real Reporter”, (Aug. 9, 2013).

Weiland, Morgan N., Congress and the Justice Dept’s Dangerous Attempts to Define “Journalist” Threaten to Exclude Bloggers, (July 23, 2013).

Reports & Letters

Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information (WIII), invited participant for workshop informing report entitled Beyond Intermediary Liability: The Future of Information Platforms, Feb. 13, 2018.

Letter from Academics in Support of Sound Net Neutrality in Europe, to The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) (July 18, 2016).

Stanford Law School Reading Group member for review of Judge Merrick Garland’s work for the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, co-author of review of telecommunication opinions with Stanford Law School Dean M. Elizabeth Magill, May 9, 2016 (see ABA’s Karol Corbin Walker’s statement to the Judiciary Committee, which includes parts of the review).


Scholarship Awards

Harry W. Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research in Media Law and Policy, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2018, for Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core: The Ascendant Libertarian Speech Tradition, 69 Stan. L. Rev. 1389 (2017).

Top Student Paper, Communication Law & Policy Division, International Communication Association (ICA) 2018, for Paradox of Platforms-as-Press: Unwinding This Analogy to Solve the Platform Accountability Problem.

Second-Place Student Paper Award, Law & Policy Division, AEJMC 2017, for First Amendment Metaphors: From “Marketplace” to “Free Flow of Information”.

Stanford Law School Honors

Class Prizes, 2012-15

John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance, Legal Ethics.

John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance, Law, Leadership, & Social Change.

Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Outstanding Performance, Federal Litigation.

Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance, Research & Legal Writing.

Other Awards

Pro Bono Distinction, 2015.

Senior Editor of the Year 2015, Articles Editor, and Member Editor, Stanford Law Review, 2013-15.

Carleton College Honors

Magna cum laude (3.85 GPA), 2006.

Phi Beta Kappa, 2006.

David John Field Prize for imagination and ingenuity in the liberal arts, 2006.

Mortar Board, 2006.

Distinction in major, 2006.

Distinction for senior thesis, 2006.


Stanford Law School

Fellow, Constitutional Law Center, 2020.

Graduate Fellow, Stanford Center for Internet & Society, 2015-present.

Bradley Student Fellow, Stanford Constitutional Law Center, 2014-15.

Student Fellow, Stanford Center for Internet & Society, 2012-15.

Stanford University

Graduate Student Fellow, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, 2016-17.

Graduate Fellow, Graduate Voice & Influence Program, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, 2014-15.

Haas Graduate Public Service Fellow, Haas Center for Public Service, 2011-12.

Gerhard Casper Stanford Graduate Fellow, Stanford University Vice Provost for Graduate Education, tuition and fees for three years, awarded 2010.

Conferences & Presentations

Academic Conferences

Free Speech & the Internet, Stanford Law School (SLS) Constitutional Law Center, May 2019, Panel Moderator, Global Platforms in Nations with Different Free Speech Principles.

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC), Yale Law School (YLS), April 2019, Discussant.

FESC, YLS, April 2018, Presenter & Discussant, The Paradox of Platforms-as-Press: Unwinding This Analogy to Solve the Platform Accountability Problem.

International Communication Association (ICA), May 2018, Presenter,The Paradox of Platforms-as-Press: Unwinding This Analogy to Solve the Platform Accountability Problem.

ICA, Preconference: Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the PublicSphere?, May 2018, Presenter, Losing the Digital Public Sphere: Uncovering the Implicit Role of Structures of Communication in Habermas’s Theory of Communicative Action to Identify the “Intermediated Public Sphere.”

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), August 2017, Presenter, First Amendment Metaphors: From “Marketplace” to “Free Flow of Information.” 

AEJMC, August 2017, Panel Organizer & Moderator, Fake News, Trolling, & Cyberbullying: Debating Social Media Companies’ Rights & Responsibilities.

FESC, YLS, April 2017, Presenter, First Amendment Metaphors: From “Marketplace” to “Free Flow of Information.” 

Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, SLS, March-April 2017, Presenter, Genealogy of the “Free Flow of Information.”

AEJMC, August 2016, Presenter, On theUnfortunate Divide Between Media Ethics and Media Law.

FESC, YLS, April-May 2016, Presenter & Discussant, Autonomy Extremism and the Digital Free Speech Crisis.

Rebele Symposium, Stanford Communication Department, April 2015, Invited Presenter, The Origins of the Institutional Press Clause.

AEJMC, August 2014, Invited Panelist, Legal Debates Intersecting with Participatory Journalism.

Law & Policy Presentations

First Amendment Salon panel discussion at Yale Law School, April 2018, Invited Panelist, Rethinking Reno and Section 230: How should We Regulate Social Media?

First Amendment Lawyers Association annual meeting, July 2017, Invited Speaker (for Legal Ethics CLE credit), Ethical Limits of First Amendment Lawyering: Do We Have a Duty Not to Make Certain Arguments?

Carleton College Convocation, April 2016, Invited Speaker, Network Neutrality: A Perspective from the Frontline in the Battle for Free Speech in the Digital Era.

Teaching & TA Experience

Original Courses

Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School, “Free Expression in a Networked World,” with Professor Barbara van Schewick. Spring 2017-18. Note: This course was renewed for the 2019-20 academic year, titled “Internet Platforms and Free Expressions,” but was canceled in light of the global pandemic.            

Course Development Assistant, Stanford UniversityDepartment of Communication, “The Idea of a Free Press,” Professor TheodoreGlasser. 2011-12.

Teaching Assistant

“Communications Law.” Stanford Law School, Professor Barbara van Schewick. Winter 2017.

“Digital Media in Society.” Stanford University Department of Communication, Professor Fred Turner. Fall 2015-16 and Spring 2011-12.

“Role of the Supreme Court in American History.” Gilder Lehrman Foundation, StanfordLaw School Dean Larry Kramer. Summer 2013.

“Perspectives on American Journalism.” Stanford University Department of Communication, Professor Theodore Glasser. Winter 2011-12.

Professional Experience

Legal Experience

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Clerk to Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, 2018-19 term, San Diego, CA.

Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School, 2014-15.

Davis Wright Tremaine, Summer Associate, NYC & Washington, D.C., Summer 2014.

Electronic Frontier Foundation, Legal Intern, San Francisco, Summer 2013.

Media & Journalism Experience

Media Matters for America, Washington, D.C., 2008-10.

Project Manager, 2010.

Deputy Editor, 2009.

Researcher, 2008-09.

Bloomberg/BNA, Staff Editor, Washington, D.C., 2007-08.

FDC Reports, Reporter, Washington, D.C., 2006-07.

United Nations Press Office, Press Intern, Geneva, Switzerland, November 2004.

KRLX-FM Carleton College community radio station, News Director, Northfield, MN, 2004-06.

KRVS-FM NPR member station, Production Intern, Lafayette, LA, Summer 2003.

Bar Membership

California State, admitted December 2015.