Decision: William & Mary Law School

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.

More details to come!

A Proud Google Moment

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.

Developments

As you can see below, I went to the BCS Cham­pi­onship Game to watch the Crim­son Tide take the national cham­pi­onship. It was, in a word, sweet. My par­ents flew back up to San Fran­cisco with me to meet Claire, see my apart­ment for the first time, and cel­e­brate my mom’s birth­day. We had a really nice time.

I will not be a Har­vard man, hav­ing received a “no” from their JD admis­sions office. Alas. More good options yet!

I received a really nice award from Google this week for work­ing on these. We also launched the big inter­nal project I’ve been lead­ing, and I was nicely rewarded for that as well. They like me over there.

Mr. Ans­ley will be pay­ing me a visit in SF next week, which will be epic.

I’m pumped about my trip to Aus­tralia with Claire, begin­ning at the end of the month.

That’s it!