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Dessie Otachliska

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law


Dessie Otachliska
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Dessie Otachliska is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She is a constitutional law and civil rights scholar, whose research focuses on the intersection of civil rights, digital technology, and property protections. Her current project proposes a novel approach for analyzing speech conveyed via communication channels on social media platforms that bear the characteristics of a traditional public forum.

Dessie previously worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP. She holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, Dessie worked in information services and data analytics.