Mary-Rose Papandrea is the Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UNC School of Law. She came to the University from Boston College Law School in 2015. Her teaching and research interests include constitutional law, media law, torts, civil procedure, and national security and civil liberties.
After graduating from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, Papandrea clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter as well as Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit and Hon. John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in First Amendment and media law litigation. Papandrea also has taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Fordham Law School, Wake Forest Law School, and the University of Paris (Nanterre).
Co-author of the casebook Media and the Law (LexisNexis, 2nd ed. 2014), Papandrea has written extensively about government secrecy and national security leaks, the reporter’s privilege, student speech rights, the First Amendment rights of public employees, and the U.S. Supreme Court and technology. Papandrea has served as chair of the American Association of Law School’s Mass Media Law and National Security Law sections and remains on the executive committee of both sections. She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.