I am currently Senior Policy Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where I focus on online copyright policy. I have been with CCIA since summer 2011 when I joined as an intern, and I’ve loved every minute. I also blog and tweet for CCIA’s Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo) and Patent Progress. If you want to learn more about my past professional experiences, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
I’m also a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, a great organization that I helped launch for early career professionals passionate about Internet and technology law and policy. The Foundry has an excellent job board of IP/tech law and policy jobs and internships, a major upgrade from the crowdsourced Google Doc that I created in 2014 (also known as IPTechJobs.com and AlisList.org) that I no longer regularly maintain.
I graduated from Harvard College in 2009 where I studied Government and Music, wrote my senior honors thesis on “Theoretical and Legal Views on U.S. Government Involvement in Musical Creativity Online,” and interned at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. I graduated from American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in 2012, where I was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the IP Law Society, Symposium Chair and blogger for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Dean’s Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. I had a fantastic experience at WCL, where I was taught by the most incredible intellectual property professors — I strongly recommend WCL’s IP program. (For more of my thoughts on law school in general, see this post. For more of my thoughts on why I liked my law school alma mater, see this profile.)
I went to law school because of my interest in copyright policy and the public interest. I believe that a strong and vibrant fair use doctrine is fundamentally important for creation and innovation. I am passionate about the original constitutional purpose of copyright, and the benefits of developments of the Internet and technology as an increased ability for more creation and distribution despite the threat to old business models. I have always been a musician, and that led to an interest in the future of music, and the developing legal and technical challenges affecting the industry. I’m so lucky that I get to work on so many of these important issues in my job at CCIA and writing for DisCo.