Stanford law scholar wins 2018 Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research in Media Law and Policy

MORGAN WEILAND, a scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, has been awarded the 2018 Harry W. Stonecipher Award for Distinguished Research in Media Law and Policy for her 2017 article, “Expanding the Periphery and Threatening the Core: The Ascendant Libertarian Speech Tradition.” The article, published in the Stanford Law Review in May 2017, uncovers a new theory undergirding the First Amendment’s expansion to include commercial and corporate speech.

Morgan Weiland
Morgan Weiland (right) accepted the award at the AEJMC’s annual conference on Aug. 7. (Photo courtesy of Stanford Law School)

The Stonecipher Award, granted by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), recognizes the top scholarship published over the prior year on media law and policy.

Weiland, who is also an outgoing lecturer in law, is the first graduate student to win the award. She proposed, helped design and is in the process of completing the first joint degree JD/PhD program between Stanford Law School, where she graduated in 2015, and Stanford’s Communication Department, where she is a doctoral candidate. Weiland will clerk on the Ninth Circuit during the 2018-19 term.

The award was established to honor the legacy of Harry W. Stonecipher, a First Amendment and communication educator who mentored many notable scholars in his 15 years at Southern Illinois University, starting in 1969, according to AEJMC. The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize. Weiland accepted the award at the organization’s annual conference on Aug. 7.

Read the full article on the Stanford Law School website.