Carrie DeCell

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Carrie DeCell (@cmd_dc) is a senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute and a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. Her litigation focuses on freedom of speech on social media, government surveillance of speech at the border, and digital-age threats to freedom of the press. DeCell leads the Knight Institute’s litigation in Dada v. NSO Group, a lawsuit on behalf of journalists and other members of news organization El Faro, who were the victims of spyware attacks using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. DeCell also leads the Institute’s litigation in Doc Society v. Blinken, challenging the government’s mass collection and indefinite retention of visa applicants’ social media identifiers. Prior to joining the Institute, DeCell was a senior associate at Jenner & Block LLP and a member of the firm’s Appellate & Supreme Court and Media & First Amendment practice groups. DeCell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, where she served as the Essays & Book Reviews editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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