Transitions, Reflections, and Thanks

Some personal news, as they say: starting fall of 2023, I’m joining the tenure-track faculty at Colorado Law, transitioning out of the role that I’ve held for the last decade directing the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic. Most importantly: we’re hiring a new director of the Clinic—please apply to come work with me and the amazing crew of tech and IP scholars and programs at Colorado Law!

A brief reflection: I feel incredibly lucky to have made a long and strange journey from being a not-quite-sure-what-I-wanted-to-do-with-my-life student at Colorado Law through a transformative experience in the Clinic (yep—I was a student attorney there too!), a tour of duty in DC at Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation, and a decade directing the Clinic before moving into this new position. Academia truly is a team sport; the main thing that has come to mind reflecting on the last 15 years is the amazing community that surrounds every part of my work. Every time I start compiling a list of everyone to whom I owe a significant debt of gratitude, I panic that I’m going to leave someone out.

Nevertheless, I can’t help but single out Paul Ohm, whose teaching inspired me to contemplate that maybe I could be a law professor; Paul has believed in me and mentored and supported me in every step of shaping that vague notion into an actual (however improbable) career trajectory. I also can’t help but single out Margot Kaminski, who has been extraordinarily generous with her time, mentorship, and friendship in helping me find my academic voice, among many other things. Without Paul and Margot, I know I wouldn’t be here today; I’m incredibly grateful to them—and to everyone else who has opened doors and offered advice, feedback, insights, camaraderie, collaboration, collegiality, and support over the last 15 years.

Last thing: I’m committed to paying forward the many chances that folks took on me over the years; my virtual door is open if there’s anything I can do to help you on your journey. Please don’t hesitate to reach out; I’m always happy to chat with folks about tech policy, student notes, clinical teaching, academia, or whatever else.