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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2015
  • District of Columbia, 2016

Languages

  • Danish

Selina MacLaren

MacLarenSelina
Associate
T213.633.6800
F213.633.6899
Selina MacLaren concentrates her practice on media and First Amendment matters. She represents media clients on a range of issues, including government transparency and access rights, digital rights, reporters’ shield laws, and content-related claims. Selina also has experience in commercial and white collar litigation.

Representative Experience

Carpenter v. United States*

Represented media amici in support of petitioner in a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the privacy of historical cellphone location records. The Supreme Court held, in a 5-4 decision, that accessing such records without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment. (U.S. 2018)

In re Application of Jason Leopold to Unseal Certain Electronic Surveillance Applications and Orders*

While at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, worked on the team representing the Reporters Committee in a matter initiated by journalist Jason Leopold to unseal certain judicial records related to pen register and/or trap and trace devices pursuant to the Pen Register Act; search warrants under the Stored Communications Act; and court orders pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2703(d) of the Stored Communication Act. The district court granted in part and denied in part the applications to unseal. Applicants have filed a motion for reconsideration. (D.D.C. 2018)

In re Application of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for Access to Certain Sealed Court Records*

Represented the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in a series of matters seeking to unseal search warrant and electronic surveillance records related to the closed criminal investigations of individuals who pleaded guilty to charges related to unauthorized communications with reporters. The applications successfully unsealed the requested records. (S.D. Ind. 2017, D. Md. 2017, E.D.V.A. 2017, D.D.C. 2017, D.D.C. 2018)

United States v. Microsoft*

Represented media amici in a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the privacy of electronic data stored abroad. While the case was pending, Congress passed the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act). Following agreement by the parties, the Supreme Court determined that the passage of the CLOUD Act and a new warrant mooted the case. (U.S. 2018)

Packingham v. North Carolina*

Represented media amici in a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning a North Carolina state law that restricted access to certain websites, including social media and news websites. The Supreme Court unanimously held that the law violated the First Amendment. (U.S. 2017)

Weaver v. Massachusetts*

Represented media amici in a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning whether a criminal defendant must demonstrate prejudice to prevail on a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel arising out of counsel’s failure to object to the closure of jury selection. Media amici emphasized the importance of public access to jury selection proceedings. The Supreme Court held, 7-2, that the defendant must demonstrate prejudice in order to secure a new trial. (U.S. 2017)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Stanton National Security and Free Press Legal Fellow, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Washington, D.C., 2016-2018
  • Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Washington, D.C., 2014-2016