Caroline Merlin is an Associate in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Washington DC office, where she focuses her practice on Federal Employment Law. She represents federal employees in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Prior to joining Tully Rinckey, Caroline was a student attorney at the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. While at PJAC, she represented clients in a variety of public interest cases, including employment discrimination, wage theft, wrongful termination, unemployment compensation, identification, and the Freedom of Information Act. She initiated litigation on behalf of clients in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, DC Superior Court, and the DC Office of Administrative Hearings.
She was a Research Assistant at The George Washington University Law School, where she performed legal and academic research into developing areas of 1st Amendment and privacy law in internet speech, including extremist speech and corporate legal liability under the Communications Decency Act, government access to digital data, net neutrality, emerging regulations of “fake news”, as well as laws regulating speech and information privacy in EU countries.
Caroline also worked for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC as a legal intern in the Disability Rights Section. While at DOJ, she assisted with investigations and enforcement actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act to combat disability discrimination in employment and education. She also served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Dorothy Gibson in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in Cambridge, MA.
Caroline is dedicated to the promotion of employment and labor rights, as well as other public interest law issues. She is active in the pro bono legal community in Washington DC through the DC Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, where she assists survivors of domestic violence in the filing and litigation of civil protection orders and custody issues. She is a member of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Group, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and Public Justice.
Caroline is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. She received her Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
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