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Reporters Committee Staff

Victoria D. Baranetsky

First Look Media Technology Legal Fellow
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D. Victoria Baranetsky is RCFP's First Look Media Technology Legal Fellow and the Committee's first staff member on the West Coast. She will spend the fellowship year focusing on the intersection between technology and media law on issues like cybersecurity, access to government data, privacy, and government surveillance.

Previously, Baranetsky worked as an attorney at the Wikimedia Foundation on First Amendment issues, including the organization's switch to HTTPS and on the team that handled the Wikimedia v. NSA litigation. She also served as the First Amendment Fellow at the New York Times and clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the Second Circuit.

Baranetsky is a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York, where she also earned her masters in journalism. In 2011, she graduated from Harvard Law School and was awarded Harvard University's Sheldon Fellowship to receive a masters in political theory from Oxford University. Baranetsky has written for several academic publications about the First Amendment. In addition to her role at RCFP, she holds a seat on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force in San Francisco and is a member SPJ's Chapter of Northern California. 

Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and California.

Bruce D. Brown

Executive Director
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Bruce D. Brown, a former journalist and partner in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler, became executive director of the Reporterss Committee for Freedom of the Press in September 2012.

He is a lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School, co-directing its First Amendment Clinic, and a former adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University’s master’s program in professional studies in journalism.

Brown has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Economist, USA Today, and The National Law Journal, among other publications.

Prior to joining Baker & Hostetler, Brown worked as a federal court reporter for Legal Times and as a newsroom assistant to David Broder at The Washington Post.

Brown received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a master’s in English Literature from Harvard University, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Stanford University.

Brown and his wife, Amy B. Rifkind, an attorney at Arnold & Porter, live in Washington with their two children. 

Admitted to practice in D.C.

Ariel B. Glickman

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Legal Fellow
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Ariel Glickman focuses on libel, privacy, protection of confidential sources, and newsgathering.  Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Ms. Glickman worked on federal privacy issues at The White House's Office of Management and Budget and served as a research assistant on privacy matters at George Washington University where she received her law degree this past May.  She has also worked as a legal intern at The Washington Post, judicial intern to Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and summer associate at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, LLP.

Ms. Glickman earned her bachelor's degree in Politics, French, and Journalism from Brandeis University, where she was both a news writer and copy editor for her college newspaper, The Justice.

Admitted to practice in Virginia.

Rachael Jones

Jack Nelson/Dow Jones Foundation Legal Fellow
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Rachael Jones will spend her fellowship year focused on issues regarding federal and state freedom of information law.

Jones graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in May 2016 with honors. While in law school, she worked as a research assistant for Professor Lyrissa Lidsky and served as a Research Editor for the Florida Journal of International Law. In addition, she was a presenter at the 2016 Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Jones served as an intern for Judge Stephanie Ray at the First District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida and was a summer associate at Emmanuel, Sheppard, & Condon, LLP. She also studied comparative law abroad at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

Before attending law school, Jones received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida where she graduated with honors, and studied abroad in London and Berlin.

Gregg P. Leslie

Legal Defense Director
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Leslie has been a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee since 1994. He also serves as editor of the Reporters Committee's news publications and guides.

Leslie came to Washington to attend Georgetown University. After graduating, he wrote for several publications, and worked as a writer and research director for Regardie's, a local business and political magazine. He continued working as a journalist while attending Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, Leslie worked for the Reporters Committee for a year as a legal fellow. He then worked briefly for the Clinton campaign and transition team, and later continued to work as a freelance writer before rejoining the Reporters Committee.

Leslie has served as chairman of the D.C. Bar's Media Law Committee and as a member of the governing committee of the Communications Law Forum of the American Bar Association, as well as the ABA's Fair Trial and Free Press Task Force.

Admitted to practice in D.C.

Lois Lloyd

Business Manager
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Lloyd has worked in the non-profit sector for most of her career, having previously served as Office Manager of the Center for Law and Social Policy.

She started work at the Reporters Committee as an assistant to the first executive director, Jack Landau, and has since taken on additional responsibilites as office manager. Lloyd oversees the financial and business operations of the Reporters Committee, including oversight of grant budget preparation and expenditures.

Her interest in journalism was sparked in high school where she served as a reporter on the newspaper staff and editor of the yearbook.

Selina MacLaren

Stanton Foundation Free Press/National Security Legal Fellow
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Selina MacLaren will spend her fellowship year working on issues related to national security, privacy, and free expression.

MacLaren was previously a litigation associate at the firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation and white-collar defense.

MacLaren graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in May 2014. During law school, she represented indigent defendants through the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, worked as a research assistant, and interned at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Alexandria, Va. She also served as an editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with highest honors, and studied abroad at the University of Delhi.

This fellowship is supported by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.

Admitted to practice in California and D.C.

Adam Marshall

Knight Foundation Litigation Attorney
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Adam A. Marshall is the Knight Litigation Attorney at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a position supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Marshall previously served as the Jack Nelson-Dow Jones Foundation Legal Fellow at the Reporters Committee from 2014 to 2016. He graduated from The George Washington University Law School with high honors and is a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, Marshall served as an associate for the George Washington International Law Review, volunteered for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, worked as a research assistant for Alan B. Morrison, and served as the president of the GW ACLU student group. He a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the GW Law Pro Bono Service Recognition Award.

Before attending law school, Marshall received a bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College where he graduated magna cum laude, and studied abroad at the London School of Economics.

Admitted to practice in Maryland and D.C.

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Jennifer Nelson

Staff attorney
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Jennifer Nelson is a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. 

Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Nelson was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she focused on complex litigation and congressional investigations.  Before law school, Nelson was an editorial assistant and freelance reporter at The Boston Globe, where she covered breaking news for the City & Region section.

Nelson earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia in 2011, where she was a managing editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.  During law school, Nelson traveled to Egypt as a Cowan Human Rights Fellow to research government-imposed restrictions on journalists, bloggers, and social media activists.  Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2007 from Northeastern University.

Admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. 

Kirsten Poole

Director of Business Operations
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Kirsten Poole has 20 years of small business and non-profit operations and business management experience. 

Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Poole served as Business Manager for The Global Biological Standards Institute and consulted with several local small businesses, implementing systems for improved operations resulting in increased efficiency and profitability.  

Previously Poole held the position of Business Manager at the National Cherry Blossom Festival non-profit organization, where she oversaw finance, provided support to the board of directors and managed the earned income programs through five Festival cycles, including the 2012 “Gift of Trees” celebration.

For 12 years, Ms. Poole was chef/owner of Kirsten’s Café in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Kirsten is a graduate of Rice University and the Culinary Institute of America.

Jenn Topper

Communications Director
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As the communications director for Reporters Committee, Jenn oversees the development of communications and messaging strategies to advance the RCFP mission and leads efforts to engage more people with the organization’s work.

Jenn joins RCFP from the Sunlight Foundation where she led efforts to promote Sunlight in the media and online, and managed in-house reporting and editorial content strategy. Prior to Sunlight Foundation, Topper managed media relations at Free Press, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the public on technology and media issues. Before joining Free Press, she worked for Rubenstein Communications, a public relations firm based in New York.

Topper holds a Bachelor’s degree in studio art, and a Master’s in Media and Communication studies with a concentration in political communication, both from Florida State University. While at FSU, she served as a sports editor and editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, the FSView and Florida Flambeau.

Katie Townsend

Litigation Director
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Katie Townsend is the Reporters Committee's Litigation Director.  She oversees the direct litigation work of RCFP attorneys, and represents RCFP, individual journalists, and news organizations in court access, freedom of information, and other press freedom matters.

Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Townsend was a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she specialized in media and entertainment litigation.  Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Townsend spent a summer in the Washington, D.C. office of Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz LLP.

In May 2014, Townsend was named a "Rising Star" – one of the nation's top media and entertainment attorneys under the age of 40 – by Law 360.  She was recognized in 2015 as a Washington, D.C. "Rising Star" by The National Law Journal and, in 2015, was named part of the "Next Gen - Hollywood's Up-and-Coming Execs 35 and Under" by the Hollywood Reporter.

Townsend is a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2004 with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in broadcast journalism. While pursuing her undergraduate degrees, she worked as a reporter and news producer for a local AM news radio station.

Admitted to practice in California, New York, and D.C.

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Caitlin Vogus

Stanton Foundation Media Litigation fellow
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Caitlin Vogus is the Stanton Foundation Media Litigation fellow with the Reporters Committee. Vogus was previously an Attorney Advisor in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to working at the FCC, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr. of the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Vogus earned her bachelor's degree in American Studies in 2007 from the University of Virginia, where she was executive editor of The Declaration, a weekly news and humor magazine. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010. She was previously a volunteer for the Digital Media Law Project and a summer associate at Levine, Sullivan, Koch, & Schultz, LLP.

Admitted to practice in D.C. and Virginia.

Sunshine in Government Initiative

Rick Blum

Coordinator, Sunshine in Government Initiative
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Rick Blum coordinates the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media groups promoting open government policies and practices.

Founded in 2005, the coalition actively supported passage of the 2007 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act that created the Office of Government Information Services, which is the first independent office designed to mediate FOIA disputes and recommend improvements. Blum and the coalition discovered the provision buried in the president's 2009 budget that would have eliminated the ombudsman office before its creation, and helped the coalition ensure Congress established OGIS within NARA as originally intended. He coordinated an ultimately successful coalition effort to confront growing government criticism of the media for unauthorized disclosures of classified information throughout 2006 and throughout WikiLeaks disclosures in 2010-11.

Blum has testified before House and Senate committees several times on transparency issues. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and has promoted open government through radio show appearances and interviews in newspapers and broadcasts. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Transparency.

Blum was the founding director of, a broad coalition of journalists, labor, and free-speech and environmental advocates. There he launched the Secrecy Report Card, an annual report of quantitative indicators of secrecy and openness in the federal government. As a policy analyst at OMB Watch from 1997-2001, he worked with environmental groups, librarians, freedom-of-information advocates and others to maintain public access to chemical accident risk management plans.

He holds a master's degree from Indiana University, where his studies focused on democratization efforts in Russia, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife and two children.