Erin Carroll’s teaching and research interests focus on legal analysis and communication, rhetoric, the free press, technology, and the intersection of these subjects. She regularly teaches Legal Practice and an upper-level writing seminar and has also created and taught a seminar entitled Technology & the Free Press. Her scholarship is informed by her work as a journalist before becoming a lawyer. She is particularly interested in how law can help to reinvigorate and reimagine the press such that journalists and journalism can better serve democracy.

Professor Carroll’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the UC Davis Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, The Georgetown Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, and the Journal of Free Speech Law. In 2023, she was a recipient of Georgetown Law’s Frank F. Flegal Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Carroll currently serves as the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Communication, Media and Information Law. She also serves as the Vice President from the Law Center to the Georgetown University Faculty Senate and as a member of the University’s Gender Equity Committee.

Before entering academia, Professor Carroll was a litigator at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in California. She is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Scholarship

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Erin C. Carroll, The Violence of Free Speech and Press Metaphors, Wash. & Lee L. Rev.(forthcoming). [Gtown Law] [SSRN]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Erin C. Carroll, Beyond the Watchdog: Using Law to Build Trust in the Press, 3 J. Free Speech L. 57-74 (2023). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [W] [SSRN]
Erin C. Carroll, Obstruction of Journalism, 99 Denver L. Rev. 407-452 (2022).
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Erin C. Carroll, A Free Press Without Democracy, 56 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 289-345 (2022).
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Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters & Collected Works

Erin C. Carroll, Beyond the Watchdog: Using Law to Build Trust in the Press, in Media as a Governance Institution (Cambridge University Press forthcoming).