First Amendment and Human Rights Lawyer

I primarily represent journalists, publishers, and filmmakers at risk of censorship or political persecution. Prior to entering law, I completed two degrees in mathematics, and use my technical background to address digital security issues faced by lawyers, human rights practitioners, and journalists.

I frequently lecture on freedom of expression: notably, I have been invited numerous times to USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism as well as to several law schools. My work appears in the The Nation, Huffington Post, AlterNet, Truthdig, and the NYU Law Review, and I have appeared on numerous live broadcast programs including BBC, Democracy Now!, and Al Jazeera English.

FAQ — you can reference my CV for details:

Works for: Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Consults for ARTICLE 19

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Contact: careyshenkman [AT] riseup [DOT] net.

Bar Admissions: State: New York; Federal: Southern District of New York

Areas of Focus: First Amendment, international law (particularly freedom of expression and right to protest), journalist and source protection, extradition

Notable Cases: Litigation on behalf of journalists to access court-martial documents in Pfc. Chelsea Manning’s trial, U.S. Supreme Court litigation in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

Journalism: Radio journalist for four years. Director, UCLA Radio News (3 years). Founder, Daily Bruin Radio.

Education: J.D. NYU Law (Notes Editor, NYU Law Review); First Year UCLA Law (Accepted to UCLA Law Review); Columbia Law School (Visiting Study); M.A. UCLA  Mathematics (Commencement Speaker); B.S. UCLA Mathematics

Professional Associations: National Lawyers Guild, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

When not lawyering: I cook, rock climb (bouldering), and DJ


“I came to see [encryption] as a kind of force shield, where the energy to pierce it is more than the entire energy of the universe.” – Tim May

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson