2020 Events

December 10 & 11, 2020


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.

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

December 1-3, 2020
12-2pm PST

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. The summit will span over 3 days, each consisting of prominent speakers and a panel.

CLE credit will be offered.

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

November 12-13, 2020


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.

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 was held virtually over two days and brought together industry elites to explore, unpack and debate the many developments within two dynamic fields. 2020 Speakers included: 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).

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.

9th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum

October 9, 2020 
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
With Berkeley Law Executive Education

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

Intellectual property law in China is undergoing rapid change, with profound implications for the global tech industry. The Asia IP and Technology Law Project presented a series of seven webinars, which began May 27, 2020. 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. In addition to CLE credit, individuals who attended 6 out of 7 webinar sessions are eligible to receive a certificate in Chinese IP law from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Who Will Benefit from This Series

This series is intended for in-house counsel and law firm attorneys representing tech companies concerned about protecting their IP in China. Whether you have been doing trans-Pacific work for a long time, or are newly focused on trying to understand the Chinese legal landscape, this series will get you up to speed on key developments spurred by the trade wars and internal drivers of law reform in China.

Participate in Real Time or View the Series at Your Convenience

Each session in the series was presented in real-time, with audience Q&A. In addition, a recording of each session was made available to registrants. So if you subscribed to the series after it began, you can go back at your convenience and watch the recorded sessions.

Full schedule and details>> 

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.

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

Co-organized with Osborne Clarke

Thursday, 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. Based on the lessons learned from enforcement actions and regulators’ guidance, what might you have overlooked or gotten wrong? What is the latest understanding of best practices on privacy impact assessments, access requests, and other features introduced or strengthened in the GDPR?


Emily Jones, head of Osborne Clarke’s Silicon Valley Office in Palo Alto and a specialist in European and UK data privacy and technology law

Flemming Moos, Osborne Clarke partner, ranked as one of the leading data protection lawyers in Germany

Moderator: Jim Dempsey, executive director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

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.

Co-organized with George Washington Law School
June 4-5, 2020 

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

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. Science magazine in reviewing the book noted, “If there is a subplot that makes this book essential reading, especially for those working in the sciences today, it is Hvistendahl’s documentation of the disturbing effects that the too-vigorous pursuit of industrial spies has had on Chinese scientists and engineers in the United States.” 

Suggested reading
Webinar recording

24th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

The Roles of Technology Expertise in Law and Policy

February 27-28, 2020
International House
UC Berkeley

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. The first day, February 27, focused on the judiciary. Day 2, February 28, examined issues related to legislative and executive branch decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels.

BCLT 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

February 27, 2020
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA
7:00 P.M.
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.