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Amanda Shanor

Yale Law School

Amanda Shanor is a Ph.D. Candidate at Yale Law School. Her research focuses on constitutional and administrative law, speech and association, and their intersection with the behavioral sciences.

A graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College, Amanda served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelia T.L. Pillard and the Honorable Judith W. Rogers of the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York.

She has a background in constitutional litigation and social movement strategy. As a Fellow at Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law, she litigated constitutional and national security cases with David Cole, including Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder, a speech and association challenge to the statute barring material support for terrorism heard by the U.S. Supreme Court; and Arar v. Ashcroft, a Bivens claim concerning rendition and torture. Previously, she served as the U.S. Program Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights.

Amanda is the co-author of Counterterrorism Law (Foundation Press, 2011), and she has authored articles on the First Amendment, constitutional change, and the administrative state. She has taught courses at Yale Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.

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UPDATE 2: The President’s Twitter Account & the First Amendment

7/12/17  //  Quick Reactions

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven Twitter users filed suit yesterday against the President, the White House Press Secretary, and the White House Director of Social Media.

Amanda Shanor

Yale Law School

UPDATE: The President’s Twitter Account & the First Amendment

6/22/17  //  Commentary

Recent developments bolster claims that President Trump has violated the First Amendment by blocking people on Twitter.

Amanda Shanor

Yale Law School

The President’s Twitter Account & the First Amendment

6/12/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

There are strong First Amendment arguments against President Trump blocking Twitter followers due to disagreement with their views.

Amanda Shanor

Yale Law School

Trump & Libel

5/16/17  //  Commentary

A particularly brazen part of Trump’s attack on the press has been his assertion—both as a candidate and as President—that he will change the libel laws to make it easier to sue the media for unfavorable coverage. That won't work, for many reasons. But Trump’s outrageous threats are brilliantly successful in other ways, no matter how unlikely they are to formally succeed.

Amanda Shanor

Yale Law School

When Free Speech Suits the President

4/6/17  //  Commentary

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit alleging that President Trump incited violence against protesters at one of his campaign rallies last year. The bitter irony to Trump's defense is that it seeks to expand free speech rules; usually, he prefers to trash them.

Amanda Shanor

Yale Law School