BCLT EventNews

In  response to COVID-19, BCLT is taking its student-focused events online.

As our Tuesday/Thursday lunch talks go online, we will be reducing them to 45 minutes. Speakers will generally remain available for the full 60 minutes for any additional students with questions.

We urge you to continue participating in the lunch talks and BCLT’s other student-focused programs.


Week of April 6, 2020


Berkeley Institute Live Podcast Series, Episode 7:

Technology, Surveillance, and COVID-19: The Israel Experience- 
A Conversation with Ken Bamberger, Shafi Goldwasser, and Niva Elkin-Koren

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Professors Niva Elkin-Koren (Univ. of Haifa), Kenneth Bamberger (UC Berkeley, Law) and Shafi Goldwasser (UC Berkeley, Computer Science) will discuss technology and surveillance as it relates to COVID-19 with a focus on the Israeli case.

BLISS Seminar with Professor Obasogie

Wednesday, April 8

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Please join BLISS (Bringing Law Into Science & Society) for a moderated discussion with Prof. Osagie Obasogie, J.D., Ph.D. on the intersection of Bioethics, Race, and Public Health Policy during the Coronavirus crisis. We will discuss xenophobia, prison policies, healthcare disparities, and other scientific, legal, and public health issues intensified by this pandemic.

Prof. Obasogie is the author of Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind, which uses novel approaches to exposing the ways in which racial thinking is central to law, medicine, and science.

BCLT Fall Course Planning Workshop

Thursday, April 9
12:55 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

This is an opportunity to hear from BCLT staff and faculty directors about picking your fall classes.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real-world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors only.


BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series

Tuesday, April 14
12:55 P.M. – 1:40 P.M.

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series

Tuesday, April 21
12:55 P.M. – 1:40 P.M.


Law & Tech Certificate Applications

Deadline extended to July 1. It’s easy to apply and most students qualify. Apply online and view more information.


Law & Technology Writing Workshop

One of the jewels in our curriculum – As a 2L, write your own article for publication in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Application form will be posted on the LTWW course description page this week.

Application deadline is April 30, 2020.

Patent Progress Writing Competition

The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is conducting patent law writing competition this year, open to law students. The subject prompt is the impact of the trend towards complex multi-component products on patent law.  The author of the winning paper will be awarded $1,000. This may be of special relevance to students who have to write a paper this semester and have not yet chosen a topic.

Submissions are due on or before May 22, 2020.

The full details and rules of the competition are available online here.

Georgetown Law and Technology Writing Competition

Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy and The Georgetown Law Technology Review are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Georgetown Law Technology Student Writing Competition to encourage original writing in the field of tech law and policy.

2019-2020 Topic
Entrants are invited to submit papers of 4000-7500 words (not including footnotes) exploring the ways in which emerging technologies and services interact with or challenge existing civil rights and consumer protection laws. Suggested topics include: questions relating to the adequacy of existing laws, administrative structures and processes to protect consumers and civil rights; proposals for updating legal and administrative frameworks to increase their relevance for emerging technologies; questions relating to privacy, bias, discrimination, or disparate impact on marginalized communities; the potential for technology to improve access, equity and accountability in the justice system; or subject-matter-specific legal issues arising from various applications of a technology. Preference will be given to papers that are relevant to current legal and public policy debates or present an original perspective.

Up to three winners will be selected, with a First Prize of $4,000, a Second Prize of $2,000, and a Third Prize of $1,000. Winning papers may be selected for publication in The Georgetown Law Technology Review.

Competition Rules
On the website.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2020.

Spring and/or Summer 2020 Technology and Civil Liberties Internships with ACLU

The ACLU of Northern California in San Francisco is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for Spring and/or Summer 2020 Technology and Civil Liberties Internships. Details about the internships and the application process are available on the ACLU website. The ACLU also offers internships in reproductive justice, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice, and litigation.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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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