2020 Events

December 10 – 11, 2020
Virtual Event

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.

Invigorating Your Portfolio: Optimize IP Assets, Reduce Risk and Increase Value

12:00 P.M. – 2 P.M. (PT)
Virtual Event

Recent difficult times have accelerated an already growing paradigm shift in IP portfolio management. At this portfolio management summit, officials and in-house counsel come together to find answers and propose practical approaches to optimize your IP portfolio.

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

November 12 – 13, 2020
Virtual Event
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.

6th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Conference

November 5 –  6, 2020
Virtual Event

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 was held virtually over two days and brought together industry elites to explore, unpack and debate the many developments within two dynamic fields.

13th BCLT Privacy Lecture: Digital and Physical Company Towns in the Age of Public Capitalism
Prof. Jon Michaels, UCLA School of Law

October 29, 2020
Virtual Event 

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.

9th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum

October 9, 2020 
Virtual Event
Bridging academia and practice, this full-day conference brought together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, regulators, privacy advocates, and academics. Faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Law shared their latest research and analysis, and leading privacy experts from law firms, companies, and government agencies offered fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked

October 6, 8, 13, 15 and 20, 2020
Virtual Event

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.

Online Certificate Series
May – July 2020

Intellectual property law in China is undergoing rapid change, with profound implications for the global tech industry.Leading experts from China and the U.S. covered developments in Chinese law on important topics including patentability, pharmaceutical IP, trade secrets law and enforcement, licensing and antitrust, and copyright.

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media: 2020 Webinar Series

Co-organized with Media Law Resource Center

In partnership with the Media Law Resource Center, BCLT offered a series of one-hour webinars on legal issues affecting digital media and platforms.

Content Moderation and the Coronavirus
April 15, 2020

Webscraping and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claims After hiQ
May 14, 2020

Contact Tracing and other Data Use in Response to COVID: What Does the Law Allow?
May 28, 2020

Tough Issues and Hot Topics in CCPA Compliance
June 18, 2020 

Happy 2nd Birthday, GDPR:
Lessons learned about GDPR compliance

Co-organized with Osborne Clarke
June 11, 2020

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect two years ago, with huge implications for companies around the world, including those based in the U.S. Two years in, it is probably time for companies to revisit their GDPR compliance strategy. 

Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

Co-organized with George Washington Law School
June 4 – 5, 2020 
Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice.

Book warming: The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage

Virtual Event
May 13, 2020

Mara Hvistendahl is a Pulitizer Prize runner-up in non-fiction writing. In her new book, she chronicles an FBI investigation that began with the September 2011 trespassing inquiry of Chinese nationals in an Iowa cornfield and grew into a two-year FBI operation in which investigators bugged the men’s rental cars, used a warrant intended for foreign terrorists and spies, and flew surveillance planes over corn country. 

24th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

The Roles of Technology Expertise in Law and Policy

International House, UC Berkeley
February 27 – 28, 2020

As more litigation, legislation, and regulation involves technological matters (especially those involving digital technologies), this 2-day symposium explored how expertise about technology and its impacts is generated, introduced, and used in making legal and policy decisions.

BCLT 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA
February 27, 2020
Celebrating a quarter century of leadership at the intersection of law and technology, with a gala dinner after the first day of our annual symposium. This was a great opportunity to meet fellow alumni and BCLT’s seventeen (!) faculty directors.