Hannah Bloch-Wehba, a scholar who explores the intersection of civil liberties and cyber issues in the law, has joined the faculty.
Bloch-Wehba comes to the Kline School of Law from Yale Law School, where she was a clinical lecturer-in-law, research scholar and Stanton Foundation First Amendment Fellow. While at Yale, she co-taught in the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic, where she supervised students in briefing and arguing cases involving First Amendment and freedom of information requests tied to censorship at military commissions at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and other matters.
Before entering academia, Bloch-Wehba worked as a Stanton Foundation National Security Fellow for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C., where she represented journalists and media organizations in federal matters involving access to information, privacy and other First and Fourth Amendment issues involving national security, technology and surveillance.
Previously, she practiced at Baker Botts LLP in Houston, Texas.
Bloch-Wehba is interested in an array of topics, including transparency and accountability for law enforcement, community surveillance and government use of technology. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals that include Washington Law Review and Suffolk University Law Review, and she has presented at an array of scholarly conferences, including those recently hosted by Yale Law School, Brooklyn Law School and Seton Hall Law School.
She received her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was senior articles editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics.
Bloch-Wehba, who will teach a course on the First Amendment in the fall, said she’s pleased to join the law school faculty.
“The law school as an institution feels like it’s very tethered to the real world,” she said. “People are very engaged in their work at the law school and very interested in the impact of their work outside the law school.”