Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to the Internet, technology, and intellectual property. Students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and earn course credit by working on real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, and transactional / licensing projects and cases. The Clinic strives to help clients achieve success in their activities online, mindful of (and in response to) existing law. The Clinic also works with clients to shape the law’s development through policy and advocacy efforts. The Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind, and it continues its tradition of innovation in its areas of practice. The Clinic works independently, with law students supervised by experienced and licensed attorneys. In some cases, the Clinic collaborates with counsel throughout the country to take advantage of regional or substantive legal expertise.
EMERGING ISSUES IN SOCIAL MEDIA LIABILITY | Suffolk University Law School | November 14, 2014 | Cyberlaw Clinic Managing Director Chris Bavitz will speak at the November 14, 2014 conference, “Emerging Issues in Social Media Liability.” Chris will address issues relating to government enforcement around privacy issues and will appear a panel alongside Michael Rustad of Suffolk and Kimberly Herman of Sullivan & Worcester. The full-day event will feature a number of experts in the social media and tech space, including David E. Morris of TripAdvisor, Paul Levy of Public Citizen, and David Kluft of Foley Hoag.
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Applications are open through December 15, 2014 for the innovative CopyrightX networked online course, which explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the law should be reformed. Through a combination of recorded lectures,assigned readings, weekly seminars, live interactive webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which the copyright system seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression. →
The Cyberlaw Clinic will offer a a small number of HLS 2Ls and 3Ls who previously enrolled in the Clinic the opportunity work with us during the three weeks of winter term, 2015. Winter term students will help the Clinic with discrete projects that will benefit from full-time (if short-term) student involvement. Winter term in the Cyberlaw Clinic essentially functions as a full-time job, with students working 40-hours-a-week for three weeks. →
The Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the case of Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, SJC No. 11358. In the brief, we argue that the Fifth Amendment and article 12 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights prohibit the government from compelling a defendant to decrypt their electronic data for use against them in criminal proceedings because it involves the kind of testimonial acts protected by constitutional protections against self-incrimination. This is the Cyberlaw Clinic’s third brief filed in a series of cases before the Supreme Judicial Court addressing updates to constitutional protections in light of new technologies. Prior filings on behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation concerned warrant requirements for GPS tracking of suspects (Commonwealth v. Rousseau) and historical cell phone location records (Commonwealth v. Augustine).