I am a 2013 graduate of Berkeley Law and a 2010 graduate of Harvard College (A.B. in history and literature). Most of my experience is in teaching, libraries, and of course, law. I am interested in how tech law, especially copyright, can further (or at least not hinder) the aims of libraries, universities, and other educational institutions. I am admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and Illinois (retired status).
I am the Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian at the Penn State University Libraries. The views expressed on this site are my own.
From 2013 to 2015, I was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard working on CopyrightX, an online copyright law course taught by Prof. Terry Fisher. As the CopyrightX Head Teaching Fellow, I coordinated the Harvard law students and foreign copyright scholars who taught the course, taught my own 25-person discussion section, and helped to shape and support the course. In that role, I wrote a short essay to introduce students to the American legal system. I also wrote the course’s academic honesty policy. I taught CopyrightX sections on a volunteer basis in 2016 and 2017.
During spring 2016, I taught a course on Recent Developments in Fair Use for the Association of College and Research Libraries and a course on Intellectual Property and Business Contracts for Ithaca College’s Masters in Communications Innovation program.
During spring 2014, I served as a teaching assistant for a cyberlaw course in Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science.
From elementary school to law school, I had the good fortune to work or volunteer in the library of every school I attended, working in almost every kind of library department.
My personal highlights include cataloging medieval manuscripts at the Robbins Collection, answering informational and basic reference questions in public services at the Loeb Music Library, helping to write a fair use tool as a copyright research fellow at the Harvard Law School Library, and of course finding missing books, which I first got hooked on during an end-of-the-school-year audit at Hoover Elementary.
During my junior and senior years in college, I served as a student representative to my school’s faculty committee on the library. At the committee meetings, I learned for the first time about many library policy issues: soaring e-resources costs, the promise of open access, the just-in-time vs. just-in-case acquisition dilemma, etc. It was these issues, and my conviction that law reform and legal creativity can help address them, that motivated me during law school.
In my two years with CopyrightX, I worked on various legal issues pertaining to the administration of the course, and each iteration of the course further solidified my understanding of copyright law. In addition, my role as a Berkman fellow gave me the opportunity to explore many other areas of internet law and policy.
In law school, I focused on technology law and especially on copyright. As a student in the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, I worked on a fair use counseling project that sparked my love for explaining and discussing copyright law. As a fellow at the Samuelson Clinic the following summer, I assisted with an amicus brief and several scholarly articles and white papers as part of Berkeley’s Digital Library Copyright Project.
I also looked for ways to address issues impacting libraries and other cultural institutions in my coursework. I particularly enjoyed writing a brief about a hypothetical Authors Guild v. Google appeal for my Antitrust & IP seminar and a research guide on Section 108 of the Copyright Act for my Advanced Legal Research class.
During my third year of law school, which I spent at Harvard, I served as a research assistant for the Digital Public Library of America. My work for the DPLA centered on accessibility and privacy.
When I’m not thinking about the law, I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, sewing, repairing things, and very occasionally updating the blog on this site.