Adrianna C. Rodriguez

Associate

rodriguezac@ballardspahr.com
Tel 202.661.2283
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Adrianna C. Rodriguez is a former journalist and advises clients on a variety of newsgathering issues, including accessing public records and meetings, protecting anonymous sources, and reporting on hacked or leaked materials, as well as copyright compliance and licensing issues.

She has experience representing media clients in protecting privileged information from compelled disclosure in both state and federal courts across the country, defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuits, and lawsuits to obtain access to public records.

Adrianna earned undergraduate degrees in journalism and history, and a master’s degree in mass communication law, all with honors, from the University of Florida. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Professional Activities

Media Law Resource Center, Next Generation Committee

American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Workshop Committee

Publications

Co-author, "After Charlottesville, How Committed Do We Remain to Free Speech for All?", Communications Lawyer, Fall 2017

"Stronger Protections Needed to Close Third-Party Subpoena Loopholes," Communications Lawyer, Volume XXXII, Spring 2017

"Kentucky Court Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against TV Station: Reporting Was Protected By Fair Reporting Privilege," MLRC MediaLawLetter, December 2016

"Maryland High Court Holds Vanity License Plates Are Nonpublic Forums," MLRC MediaLawLetter, November 2016

"Reporter’s Privilege Protects Newsgathering Information in Promotional Segment from Discovery," MLRC MediaLawLetter, January 2016

"DC Circ. Clarifies FOIA Public-Interest, Media Fee Waivers," MLRC MediaLawLetter; Law360, September 16, 2015

"Court Dismisses Defamation, Emotional Distress Claims Against TV Station," MLRC MediaLawLetter, June 2015

"Alleged Cyberbully Loses Defamation Lawsuit Over Arrest Report," MLRC MediaLawLetter, October 2014

"Vetting Stories About Interviews With Alleged Victims and Witnesses," MLRC MediaLawLetter, July 2014

"D.C. Court Holds Lower-Level Employees Can Establish Agency’s FOIA Exemptions," MLRC MediaLawLetter, November 2013

"It’s Time For Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac To Let The Sunshine In," TTIPs Committee News, Fall 2013

Co-author, "Ladies in White: The Peaceful March Against Repression in Cuba and Online," Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 24, No. 221, 2011

"New FOIA Office Has Small Staff But Big Goals," The Brechner Report, February 1, 2011

Speaking Engagements

"Relationship with Sources and the Reporters’ Privilege," MLRC Media Law Workshop, September 20, 2016

"Reporting on Hacked Materials," Media Law Resource Center Next Generation Committee Webinar, February 24, 2016

American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law 21st Annual Conference, February 4-6, 2016

"Copyright and Fair Use: Best Practice and Worst Pitfalls," MDDC (Maryland-Delaware-D.C.) Press Association Inc., March 12, 2015

Languages

Spanish

Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Editor-In-Chief, Harvard Latino Law Review, 2011-2012
Executive Board, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, 2011-2012

University of Florida (M.A., Mass Communication Law, with distinction)
University of Florida, (B.S., Journalism, summa cum laude)
University of Florida, (B.A., History, cum laude)


District of Columbia

Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Supreme Court