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I'm a lawyer, and am currently in private practice, as well as a non-residential fellow at Stanford Law Schoolís Center for Internet and Society (CIS). I do intellectual property litigation and counseling in the areas of copyright, trademark, free speech and rights of publicity, and general commercial litigation. My academic research interests include the full range of issues that arise at the intersection of technology and the law, including the application of intellectual property law to software and the Internet, and the impact of technological change on privacy and civil liberties. I have presented work at a number of conferences, including Where 2.0 2005 on location privacy, Black Hat 2007, on security weaknesses in computer forensic software, the Global Center for ICT in Parliament, on Internet filtering, the 2008 IP Scholars Conference, on copyright licensing, and the Third World Congress on Public Law, on copyright limitations.

Previously, I was a Residential Fellow at CIS; prior to that I was an associate in the Palo Alto office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where I focused on intellectual property litigation and general commercial litigation, as well as some corporate transactional work. Before that, I was an intellectual property litigator in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson, P.C., where my practice focused on patent litigation, particularly in the area of computer software and hardware. Prior to that, I served as a law clerk to Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer in Federal District Court in Los Angeles, CA, where I worked on a substantial number of patent cases, mostly relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as other matters in the environmental and securities fields.

I graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in May, 2001. While at Boalt, I took a broad range of courses but focused especially on intellectual property law, for which I received a Certificate in Law and Technology. In addition to my coursework in intellectual property law, I co-founded boalt.org, a student organization dedicated to advancing the public interest in law and technology, as well as providing technological resources to all students and student organizations. I was among to first group of students to participate in the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, where I worked with the Center for Democracy and Technology to file comments before the FCC regarding wireless location privacy. I also served as Submissions Editor and Information Management Editor on the Berkeley Technoloogy Law Journal.

Before law school, I was a professional journalist. During my undergraduate years at UC Santa Cruz, I co-founded the Fish Rap Live!, which shortly thereafter became the most widely read paper on campus and remains a popular publication there. I also founded and ran Campus Governance, the official publication of the campuswide student government, the Student Union Assembly. As a professional journalist, I served as Editor-in-Chief of the Anchorage Press, in Anchorage, Alaska. Later, I returned to California where I co-founded and edited a weekly newspaper called GLUE L.A.

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