It’s over! This morning I put an end to my first year of law school when I handed in my law journal write-on competition packet (funny story: the topic was copyright). The past two months have been pretty exhausting, but I’m glad to be done and looking forward to getting to San Francisco for the summer. Adventures will include hiking Half Dome, river rafting, probably another cross-country drive at the end of the summer… oh yeah, and helping defend teh internetz.
I also wanted to point to this announcement that I received first place in the annual legal writing competition for first year students at William & Mary. No one actually knew this competition existed until after we had turned in our required research memorandums, so it was a pleasant surprise to receive this award. Not a big fan of the picture they chose to use, but, hey, what can you do?
I’m excited to share that I’ll be spending the summer as a legal intern with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in San Francisco. I’m not sure yet what I’ll be specifically working on, but I’ll generally be conducting research, drafting briefs and memoranda, and otherwise lending a hand wherever I can be useful. I’m looking forward to a great summer of hard work and lots of learning!
After much deliberation over many months and miles, I have finally made a decision: I will be a proud member of the Class of 2013 (!) at William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law. I couldn’t go wrong with the choices I had, but W&M just… feels right. It feels right the same way Davidson felt right in 2003, and every student, faculty member, and alum I’ve spoken with talks about W&M the same way my friends and I talk about Davidson. It is, in short, a very special place.
I have also accepted a fellowship with the law school’s Center for Legal and Court Technology. Among other things, I will be working with the CLCT’s website (which, I think you’ll agree, needs a major overhaul). I will likely serve in an editorial capacity, helping to get the word out about its various projects and accomplishments. Once I am up to speed, I want to look into launching the CLCT’s voice into the social networking world, where it can join the real-time conversation with its peer organizations. In addition to my first-year academics, it should be a lot of fun to continue some hands-on project work at the same time.
It sure will be tough to leave a dream job at Google at the end of July, but I am also excited to get back into full-time academics and continue my professional development. Moving across the country (literally) from San Francisco to tiny Williamsburg will also be tough, but I know this is the right move at the right time for me.
Yesterday, Google launched the Government Requests tool. The site shows the number of requests for user data and content removals that Google received from governments worldwide, from July through December 2009. Chief Legal Officer David Drummond explains our motivation here (and also published an op-ed in the Washington Post on the subject), but the gist is best summarized in this simple sentence:
“We believe that greater transparency will lead to less censorship.”
This is an important moment not only for Google, but also for our users and the rest of the industry. I am proud to have helped gather much of the data for this project, and I look forward to seeing other organizations follow our lead.
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