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Nicole H. Buckley

Nicole Buckley is an associate at the firm’s Seattle office and a member of the Technology Transactions and Sourcing group. Nicole primarily assists technology clients in revising master services agreements, drafting statements of work, and analyzing data privacy provisions. Nicole maintains a robust background in use policies and internet platform regulation. 

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole leveraged her background in social science as a research analyst for the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public. In that position, Nicole collaborated with colleagues at Stanford University’s Internet Observatory to build out the Election Integrity Partnership. At the EIP, Nicole assisted social media companies and government entities in discovering, diverting, and defanging election-related misinformation and disinformation. With an eye turned toward policy-based interventions and regulatory compliance, Nicole co-authored the Partnership’s well-received final report.

In her practice, Nicole builds on expertise developed as a Hazelton Fellow at the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab. The TPL is an interdisciplinary collaboration that seeks to improve technology policy through research, education, and thought leadership. Nicole’s work at the Lab probed Section 230, misinformation, and First Amendment law. 

While in law school, Nicole also served as an extern in Judge Stanley A. Bastian’s chambers. She handled matters ranging from 11th Amendment jurisprudence to motions for compassionate release. Additionally, Nicole gained plaintiff’s side litigation experience while clerking for a boutique firm in the heart of Seattle. 

  • Judge Eugene Wright Scholar Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Administrative Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Professional Responsibility
  • Panelist, The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 election, “A conversation on the release of the Election Integrity Partnership’s report”
  • Panelist, iAffiliates Day 2021, “Balancing the right to free speech with regulation of mis- and disinformation”
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • New Guidance for Digital Content Creators’ Metadata from the U.S. Court of Appeals,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, April 2023
  • “‘Censorship-free Platforms’: Evaluating content moderation policies and practices of alternative social media,” 4 For(e)dialogue 1, 3 February 2022
  • Co-author, The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election, Stanford Digital Repository, 3 March 2021
  • “Left, right, but no in-between: Explaining American polarization and post-factualism under President Trump,” Routledge, 13 August 2018
  • Quoted, “How YouTube failed the 2020 election test,” Platformer, 3 March 2021
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