Defend & Respect the User’s Voice” — Fireside Chat @ Big Boulder 2016

Along with two col­leagues from Twit­ter, I had the oppor­tu­nity this week to par­tic­i­pate in a fire­side chat at the Big Boul­der con­fer­ence.  It was a great oppor­tu­nity to share how we approach our work on the Prod­uct Coun­sel team.  It was also my first time in Boul­der and our office there, where many of the teams I sup­port are located.  Hope to go back again soon!

The con­fer­ence posted a short recap of our ses­sion here.  A few offi­cial photos:

You can also catch the Periscope here.  As you can see, view­ers just could­n’t. get. enough.



TwitterLogo_#55aceeBig news: start­ing in mid-July, I’ll be join­ing Twit­ter’s legal team as a Prod­uct Counsel.

It’s hard to express how thrilled I am about this new chap­ter in my career.  Ever since work­ing with the Prod­uct Coun­sel team at Google, I’ve dreamed of some­day becom­ing a Prod­uct Coun­sel for a great com­pany.  That goal has dri­ven every career deci­sion of mine over the past 7 years, from intern­ing at EFF to start­ing my prac­tice in WSGR’s Inter­net Strat­egy & Lit­i­ga­tion group.

Although this oppor­tu­nity comes some­what sooner in my career than I expected, I’m excited to take on the chal­lenge.  It’ll be fan­tas­tic to work with some famil­iar faces, and to get to know the rest of the team and the com­pany bet­ter.  More prac­ti­cally, this change means I get back the two hours I was spend­ing in the car every­day between San Fran­cisco and Palo Alto — now the office is just a 25 minute MUNI ride away!

Although the road ahead is doubt­less full of new chal­lenges, they are the types of chal­lenges I have been long­ing to take on.  I can’t wait to get started.


Now that I’m done with sev­eral weeks of travel, it’s time for a lit­tle update here.  And first things first — I’m engaged to Claire!

Here’s a basic recap.  A lit­tle more than a month ago, with­out Claire know­ing, I flew to Seat­tle to ask her par­ents for their bless­ing.  Fast for­ward to two weeks ago, Claire thought I would be arriv­ing in D.C. on a Tues­day.  In fact, I secretly arrived in D.C. a day early.  I had Claire’s room­mate Ash­ley invite Claire out for a room­mate din­ner.  Ash­ley pre­tended that they needed to drop her boyfriend Rick off at the National Cathe­dral for a pho­tog­ra­phy class.  Rick came and met me in the nearby Bish­op’s Gar­den, then called Ash­ley to say he “for­got” a lens in the car.  Ash­ley drove back and had Claire run the lens to Rick.

When she did, I walked towards Claire — she did­n’t even rec­og­nize me at first because she thought I was dri­ving up the next day (but she assures me she thought this strange gen­tle­man smil­ing at her was very hand­some).  I took Claire to a nearby cor­ner of the gar­den with a pretty arch and foun­tain, asked her to marry me, and gave her the ring!  After call­ing friends and fam­ily we went to a lovely din­ner, and the next day went to a high ropes course in Mary­land — some­thing Claire’s wanted to do for a while now.

The dia­mond in the ring is from my grand­mother Tutu’s engage­ment ring.  We’re pretty darn excited, and are plan­ning for a fall 2013 wed­ding in the San Fran­cisco area.  Speak­ing of the San Fran­cisco area, the other good news is that I’m accept­ing a job offer from Wil­son Son­sini in Palo Alto for next fall.  The offer came about 24 hours after the pro­posal, so it was a pretty amaz­ing cou­ple of days.

I’m now back in Williams­burg to begin my third and final year of law school.  We’re well under­way into our vol­ume at the Law Review, hav­ing on-boarded a fresh batch of 2Ls last week.  I’m tak­ing a Copy­right Lit­i­ga­tion sem­i­nar, Patent Law, First Amend­ment, and Fed­eral Income Tax.  Claire is start­ing her final semes­ter of nurs­ing school at George­town, and look­ing for jobs in the Bay Area begin­ning around Feb­ru­ary 2013.


Good news!  My stu­dent note was selected for pub­li­ca­tion in the first issue of Vol­ume 54 of the William & Mary Law Review.  My note deals with the ques­tion of whether, under cur­rent law, the gov­ern­ment may for­bid social media ser­vices like Twit­ter or Face­book from being accessed in coun­tries sub­ject to U.S. export reg­u­la­tions (i.e. eco­nomic sanc­tions).  I argue that it cannot.

Issue 1 will be out around November.