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NABIHA SYED

Nabiha has been described as “one of the best emerging free speech lawyers” by Forbes magazine. She is currently the Vice President and Associate General Counsel at BuzzFeed, where she handles libel, newsgathering, and security matters. 

Prior to BuzzFeed, Nabiha was an associate at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a leading First Amendment law firm, and was named the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. She has worked on legal access issues at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; counseled on whether to publish hacked and leaked materials; and advised documentary filmmakers through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. She is the co-founder of the Media Freedom and Information Access legal clinic at Yale Law School. Nabiha's work has earned accolades including the "40 Under 40" award from the New York Law Journal in 2016, recognition as a finalist for the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Bar Association in 2017, and the Reporter's Committee for the Freedom of Press inaugural Rising Star award in 2018. 

Nabiha is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Yale Law School and Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar, as well as a non-resident fellow at both Stanford Law School and Yale Law School. She also serves on the boards of the Student Press Law Center, Upturn, MuckRock, and the New York Civil Liberties Union.