Nabiha Syed

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Non-Residential Fellow
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Nabiha represents media clients in a wide range of content-related matters. Prior to joining LSKS, she was the First Amendment Fellow in The New York Times Company’s legal department, where she counseled reporters on legal issues in newsgathering and litigated access to courts and freedom-of-information issues.

Nabiha co-founded and served as director of Yale Law School's media law clinic. In that capacity, she successfully briefed and argued several open records cases. Following Nabiha’s graduation from Yale, she received a Marshall Scholarship and attended Oxford University, where she studied comparative approaches to libel, copyright, and freedom of information.

Nabiha is a contributor to SCOTUSBlog and She also is the co-creator and co-editor of, a website devoted to exploring the legal, political, and social issues concerning drone technology.


  • Yale Law School (J.D. 2010)
    Senior Editor, Yale Law and Policy Review
  • Oxford University, Balliol College (M.St., Comparative Media Law and Policy, 2011)
  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A., high honors, 2007)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Yale Law School, Visiting Fellow
  • Student Press Law Center (Board of Directors)
  • Visual Law Project at Yale Law School (Advisory Board)
  • New America Foundation OpenITP Project (Technical Advisory Committee)

Honors & Distinctions

  • Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy

Selected Publications

  • Journo-Drones: A Flight Over the Legal Landscape, Communications Lawyer (June 2014) (with M. Berry)
  • Replicating Dreams (Oxford University Press 2008)
  • When Machines Are Watching: How Warrantless Use of GPS Surveillance Technology Violates the Fourth Amendment Right Against Unreasonable Searches, 121 Yale Law Journal Online 177 (2011) (with P. Smith, D. Thaw & A. Wong)