BCLT Student News

Week of April 19

Still time to apply! Law & Technology Certificate
The Law & Technology Certificate recognizes successful completion of a focused course of study, including writing and student activity components. The curricular requirements emphasize depth and breadth but also afford students substantial flexibility. You can find the full requirements and apply here!


Student Events

BCLT’s student-focused events will be held online until further notice. Our Tuesday/Thursday talks by practicing lawyers will normally start at 1:00 P.M., with occasional talks starting at 5:30 P.M. All of the talks will run for 45 minutes, but speakers will generally remain available after that for any additional student questions.

*This week, we will not be presenting a speaker from practice on Thursday.

Privacy Law at Berkeley (PrivLAB) x Covington Privacy Networking

April 14
12:30 – 2:00 P.M.

Covington has an industry-leading data privacy and cybersecurity practice. Their work ranges from assisting large, multinational clients in conducting privacy and security audits—to assess the ways in which they collect, handle, and protect their customers’ and employees’ personal information—to providing regulatory compliance advice in connection with specific business practices.

The event will kick off with a short introduction of the event agenda followed by 2 10-minute rounds of networking from 12:40 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Next, will be an attorney presenting an overview of Privacy from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will conclude with 2 more 15-minute rounds of networking from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend exactly at 12:30 p.m., please sign up for starting at 1 p.m. We will close entry into the zoom meeting room once breakout rooms have started.

Space is limited to 20 members on a first-come-first serve basis, so please reserve your spot if you would like to attend (additional members will be placed on a waitlist). This is a very exciting opportunity, and PrivLAB would like our attendance to be strong. Please only fill out the form if you can commit to attending for the remainder of the event.

Law & Tech Writing Workshop (LTWW) Online Info Session/BYOWine + Cheese Reception

April 21
5:30-6:30 P.M.

Interested in publishing an article on recent developments in IP, privacy, or technology law? Heard about “LTWW,” but don’t know what it is? Grab some wine or snag some cheese and join BCLT and your fellow students to learn more and ask questions!

The Law and Technology Writing Workshop is open to current 2Ls (that is, current 1Ls), 2L transfer students and LL.M. students. Under close mentorship by a professor and a student advisor, each student writes an article for the Annual Review of Developments in Technology Law, published by the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Articles written for the course satisfy the writing requirement for both the law school and the Law & Technology Certificate.

At this virtual reception, current LTWW students, next year’s student advisors, and the course instructor will describe the process and the value (and personal satisfaction) of completing a published piece of work while in law school.

Student events are reserved for current UC Berkeley law students, faculty, and staff. All statements and remarks are off-the-record; they cannot be quoted or reproduced without the speaker’s permission.

Upcoming Conferences

Note: At least through May 2021, all events will be online only.

For 2021, in light of the pandemic, all Berkeley Law students will be able to participate in all of BCLT’s online conferences free of charge.

Google v. Oracle: An Initial Appraisal

April 20
1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

On April 5, the Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in one of the most consequential copyright cases of our time, Google v. Oracle. In ruling that fair use permitted Google to incorporate elements of the Java API into its software for the Android phone, the Court clarified standards not only for fair use as applied to software but also arguably for other copyrighted works as well.

Our assessment of this momentous decision will be led by Profs. Peter Menell and Pamela Samuelson. In addition to filing amicus briefs in the case, they have written extensively about it and the broader issues of software copyright. They will be joined by Supreme Court advocate Tom Goldstein, who argued the case for Google, and by Prof. Sean O’Connor of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

Tech, Trade and China 2021: The Future of Multilateral Approaches to China Tech Policy

April 27
8:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Please join us for the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s third annual Tech, Trade and China conference. This year’s program will consist of three sessions:

  • The Role of the WTO and Trade Agreements in Technology and IP
  • Export Controls and Technology Collaboration
  • Common Challenges – Climate Change and Public Health

Our distinguished speakers include: 

  • Jay Bratt, National Security Division of USDOJ
  • Jerry Brown, former Governor of California
  • Karl Eikenberry, former US Ambassador  
  • Andrei Iancu, former Director of PTO
  • Lisa Jorgenson, Deputy Director General of WIPO
  • Randall Rader, former CAFC Chief Judge
  • Alan Wolff, Deputy Director General of the WTO

Quantum Leap: Developments in China IP Law Over the Past Two Years

May 6
4:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Last year was a remarkable conclusion to a two-year period of intensive reform in Chinese IP law. Every major IP law in China was amended. A bilateral Phase 1 Trade Agreement brought a cease fire in the US-China IP trade war. A new national appellate IP court commenced operations. Chinese administrative enforcement agencies launched significant new initiatives. In a series of important policy changes, China sought to improve IP quality and enhance the international influence of Chinese courts. There were also a number of high-level international IP disputes involving China, Chinese courts, or Chinese parties.

If you had 90 minutes to spend to understand how China’s IP regime has changed and how those changes are impacting the foreign business community, this is the program to take. Each speaker will briefly summarize major developments in IP law in China, followed by discussions around common themes and anticipated future developments. The program will also serve as a great introduction to our upcoming four part series on IP developments in China, which will focus on litigation.


Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

May 18 – 20

BCLT and the Media Law Resource Center are proud to present the next in this series of conferences that explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.  This year’s conference co-chairs are Lauriebeth Bugawan, Pandora, Ashley Kissinger, Ballard Spahr, and Kandi Parsons, ZwillGen.

More information

Law & Tech Opportunities

Atticus Project 2021 Summer Intern Program

The Atticus Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to harness the power of AI to accelerate contract review, is accepting legal interns for the summer. More info and application here.

Privacy Law Fellowships and Internships

The Future of Privacy Forum is accepting applications for fall 2021 post-graduate fellowships and for fall 2021 internships. All positions are remote through the end of 2021, and FPF is open to applicants wishing to work remotely on a permanent basis.   

Please send any questions to applications@fpf.org (or to the email listed in the individual job listings).

Resources on Technology, Law
and Anti-Racism

BCLT is committed to exploring and addressing issues at the intersection of technology, race, and justice. In this portion of Student News, we will seek every week to highlight a resource that can advance students’ understanding of these concerns.

At the BCLT/BTLJ symposium last week, we had two excellent speakers on the risks of racial discrimination as artificial intelligence is deployed in a variety of contexts. The video is available online. At 1:31:16, Prof. Ifeoma Ajunwa discusses the use of technology to analyze recorded interviews in the hiring context. At 2:26:28 , Prof. Hany Farid explains how his team uncovered the source of the racial bias in a system used to assess the risk of recidivism of criminal defendants.

BCLT Office Hours

Starting next Wednesday, from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M., BCLT Assistant Director Matthew Ray will hold office hours on Zoom to answer student questions about our programming. If you’re interested in receiving our Law & Tech certificate, curious about our curriculum, or just want to learn more about what we do, we encourage you to drop in.

If you have any questions about this week’s content or items for inclusion in future newsletters, please email bclt@law.berkeley.eduAll items for inclusion must be submitted by 12:00 P.M. Friday of the week prior to publication.

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