About the Cyberlaw Clinic

Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein 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. The Cyberlaw Clinic advocates with or on behalf of collaborators and clients on a variety of law and policy topics. The Clinic generally does not take positions in its own name. It makes client selection and other decisions relevant to its practice mindful of a set of core values and actively seeks to advance those values through its work. Values at the heart of the Clinic’s practice and teaching activities include: promotion of a robust and inclusive online ecosystem for free expression; advancement of diversity as a key interest in technology development and tech policy; elimination or mitigation of the impact of bias in the development and deployment of technology; respect for and protection of privacy, vis-à-vis both private and government actors; open government; transparency with respect to public and private technical systems that impact all citizens (and, in particular, members of vulnerable populations); access to knowledge and information; advancement of cultural production through efficient and balanced regulatory and enforcement regimes; and support for broad participation in public discourse

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Apply! Summer Internship 2020

The Cyberlaw Clinic is hiring summer interns for 2020! Current U.S. JD candidates with an interest in the intersection of tech, law, and social justice are invited to join our dynamic team! Job Description Summer legal interns work on all aspects of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s caseload and, like Fall and Spring semester students, take the lead on the projects they join, supported by the Clinic staff. Although Clinic projects vary from summer to summer, they often include substantive law related to the First Amendment, computer security, digital privacy, intellectual property, civic innovation, emerging technologies, and media and the arts. The Clinic also has a growing practice relating to AI, including with regard to criminal justice, human rights, and creative practice. Interns will be involved in supporting the Clinic’s ongoing docket and in planning decisions about clients, cases, and topic areas to be addressed in the Clinic’s work during the upcoming academic year. Interns are supervised and mentored by the Cyberlaw Clinic instructors, and are provided with feedback and growth opportunities. Responsibilities Cyberlaw Clinic interns will conduct legal work throughout the internship, including but not limited to conducting legal research; drafting memoranda, transactional documents, and court filings; negotiating with third parties; and providing clients with legal advice. Interns are responsible for managing their own projects and are expected to balance their work on multiple projects, schedule client and supervisor meetings, and maintain client relationships. About the Cyberlaw Clinic: Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein 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 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. Funding and Logistics The Berkman Klein Center is unable to provide funding for summer interns with the Cyberlaw Clinic. All Cyberlaw Clinic interns are expected to secure funding through their law school. If you have questions about funding, please contact clinic@cyber.harvard.edu. Interns are expected to work from the Clinic’s offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Remote work will not be possible. Generally, interns work with the clinic over the course of ten weeks during the summer, with flexible start and end dates. Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a U.S. law school. We encourage applications from both rising 2Ls and 3Ls.
  • Strong interest in one or more relevant areas of practice, including intellectual property, digital civil liberties, civic innovation, or any other substantive area involving technology and the law.
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Neither prior work experience nor formal training in a technical field (e.g. a computer science or engineering degree) are required.
Commitment to Diversity The work and well-being of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society are profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, disability, and much more. We actively seek and welcome people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities. Application To apply, please fill out and submit this form. To complete the application, you will need to supply a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Clinic may request a writing sample and references later in the process, but they are not required as part of the initial application. We will only contact candidates who move to the next step. Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. With questions, please contact clinic@cyber.harvard.edu

Clinic Files Law Scholar Briefs, Supporting Public.Resource.Org

On Friday, November 22, 2019, the Cyberlaw Clinic and local counsel Marcia Hofmann filed amicus briefs in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in two related cases, ASTM v. Public.Resource.Org (.pdf), and AERA v. Public.Resource.Org (.pdf). The cases involve copyright infringement claims brought by standards development organizations (SDOs) against Public.Resource.org. The cases are back before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The core issue in front of the Court is whether PRO’s provision of free online access to codes that were developed by the plaintiffs — but incorporated by reference into binding law — constitutes fair use.

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Rethinking Music: A Briefing Book

RETHINKING MUSIC:  A BRIEFING BOOK  |  Rethink Music Conference  |  April 24, 2011  |  Cyberlaw Clinic Assistant Director Christopher Bavitz, working with Clinic students and a Research Assistant, assembled this publication to coincide with the Rethink Music Conference held in Boston in April 2011.  The Berkman Center’s briefing book incorporates an original framing paper (pdf) and compiles contributions from a wide range of music law, business, and policy stakeholders.