BCLT Events

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked

October 6, 8, 13, 15 and 20, 2020
With Berkeley Law Executive Education

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked is a multi-day, online executive academy consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions led by the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

BCLT Privacy Lecture: Digital and Physical Company Towns in the Age of Public Capitalism
Prof. Jon Michaels, UCLA School of Law

Ellen P. Goodman
Professor of Law
Rutgers Law School

Jamal Greene
Dwight Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Thursday, October 29, 2020
2:30 – 4:30 PM


Big tech today has its own supreme court, is poised to coin its own currency, and is building various company towns, complete with housing, transportation, retail, and green spaces.  These interventions reveal much about our present-day political economy, the health of our democracy, and our views about the state and the market.  These interventions, furthermore, signal potentially seismic shifts in how we approach questions of constitutional law, corporate governance, and security and privacy. 

Sports and Entertainment Law Conference

November 5-6, 2020

Berkeley Law’s Annual Sports & Entertainment Conference has become one of the Bay Area’s most recognized student-run sports and entertainment events of the year. For the first time, the 2020 conference will be held virtually and span the course of two days – bringing together industry elites to explore, unpack and debate the many developments within two dynamic fields. 2020 Speakers include: Jeffrey Harleston (Universal Music Group), Leigh Steinberg (Steinberg Sports & Entertainment), Dr. Damion Thomas (Smithsonian NMAAHC), Hannah Gordon (San Francisco 49ers), D’Lonra Ellis (Oakland Athletics).


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BTLJ-BCLT Symposium: Technology Law as a Vehicle for Anti-Racism

November 12-13, 2020
Online Symposium
This online symposium, organized by Berkeley Technology Law Journal and BCLT, will examine the intersection of technology, law, and race. Speakers will discuss current issues dealing with technology and race, including how technologies can be designed and implemented to serve rather than undermine the interests of racial justice and how technology law, policy, and scholarship can advance anti-racism.


21st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 10 & 11, 2020


Registration opening soon
Corporate or Law Firm: $199.00
ACC member: $100.00
Academic, Government and Non-Profit: $50.00
UC Berkeley or Stanford Law Students: complimentary

Co-organized by BCLT and Stanford Law School, the APLI presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice.

Design Patent Symposium

Thursday, February 19, 2021
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Technology Law Journal

This Symposium will explore the history of design patent protection and the evolution of the key ornamentality/non-functionality doctrine. The lead paper, Design Patent Law’s Identity Crisis, authored by Professor Peter Menell and Ella Corren, will frame the Symposium. Panels composed of academic and practitioner commentators will discuss the past, present, and future of design patent protection.

Symposium: 25th Anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996—Looking Ahead to the Next Telecommunications Act

March 12, 2021

Co-sponsored with the Federal Communications Law Journal hosted at The George Washington University Law School.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, this symposium will explore possible facets of the next major telecommunications reform effort (whenever it may be), including technological convergence and regulatory power; race and diversity in communications law; institutional design and the Federal Communications Commission; and federalism and state power.

25th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium
Lex Informatica: The Formulation of Information Policy Rules through Technology

April 15-16, 2021

In digital networked environments, laws and regulations are not the only source of rulemaking. Technical standards, the configuration of software, the architecture of hardware, and industry articulations of best practices also affect how information flows are permitted or forbidden. Joel Reidenberg’s prescient article, Lex Informatica: The Formulation of Information Policy Rules Through Technology, published in the Texas Law Review in 1998, urged policymakers to understand, consciously recognize, and encourage the evolution of these extra-legal influences to achieve optimal public policy outcomes. This symposium will honor the legacy of Reidenberg’s deep insights about Lex Informatica as policy levers and will explore respects in which Lex Informatica is working in the public interest and ways in which technology regulations could be improved.

The Right to Repair Under Siege?

The event has been postponed. For now, we are waiting until a time when we can gather in person.

Do consumers have the right to repair their own cars or their own computers or take them to a repair person they choose? Often, the makers of software-enabled products limit how and where they can be repaired. This conference will consider the complex, overlapping set of policy questions at the center of the repair debate – issues implicating competition, intellectual property, environmental  protection, product security and safety, and consumer rights.

Co-sponsored by BCLT and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

60 Years of Chinese Legal Reform: A Berkeley Perspective

This event has been postponed.  Please join our ongoing webinar series, where a diverse group of experts discusses a wide range of issues related to China’s legal development, focused especially on trade, IP, and tech.

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in any of these events, please contact Nathalie Coletta at natcoletta@berkeley.edu or 510-643-5518 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

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