Media and First Amendment Law
Erinn Cawthon, a 2017 graduate of Boston College Law School, is a member of Prince Lobel’s Media and First Amendment practice group. She focuses her practice on media litigation, including defense of defamation, invasion of privacy, and copyright infringement claims; public records access; and prepublication and pre-broadcast review.
A broadcast journalist before entering law school, Erinn worked as a news associate on the CNN Assignment Desk in New York City. She covered news stories including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.; the devastation caused that same year by Hurricane Sandy; and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
During law school, Erinn worked at a prominent entertainment law firm in Los Angeles, where she was born and raised, and also as a legal intern for the CBS news program “60 Minutes.” While at CBS, she reviewed news stories arising out of the Aurora, CO., mass shooting and the 2014 Petrobras corruption scandal in Brazil, among others. She received credit on the CBS production, “The Democratic Ticket,” an exclusive interview with Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine. Erinn was a student representative to the American Bar Association and a student attorney for the Innocence Program Clinic; she also received the BC Law Pro Bono excellence honor for committing more than 100 hours to pro bono legal work.
In addition to her J.D. from Boston College Law School, Erinn earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University, where she was Vice President of the Columbia University Association of Black Journalists. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Cornell University.
Although not yet admitted to the Massachusetts bar, Erinn has already been appointed Publications Chair of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. She also has a keen interest in robotics and electrical systems.
- Boston College Law School, J.D., 2017
- Columbia University, M.S. in Broadcast Journalism, 2012
- Cornell University, B.S. in Communications, 2011
- Massachusetts Black Lawyers Associations
- 2017: BC Law Pro Bono Excellence Honor (for 100 hours of pro-bono work)
- 2017: Quarter-Finalist in American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law
Erinn A. Cawthon