About the Cyberlaw Clinic

Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, provides pro bono legal services at the intersection of technology and social justice. The Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind, and it continues its tradition of innovation in its areas of practice.

The Clinic’s work, teaching activities, and client selection are animated by our core values:

  • 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.

Participation in the Cyberlaw Clinic helps law students prepare for practice by working on real-world client counseling, advocacy, litigation, and transactional projects. The Clinic strives to center clients in our legal work, helping them to achieve success as they define it, mindful of (and in response to) existing law.

From the Blog

New Clinic Guide: How to Read a Docket

As the Cyberlaw Clinic continues to expand our amicus brief and direct representation practices, we’re finding that many students encounter court dockets for the first time in their clinical work. Looking back at our own experiences, we realized that many of us learned the ins and outs of dockets at clinics or on the job. Given how convoluted long-running dockets can get–and how essential good docket management is to litigation–we decided to compile the basics of docket use into a living document. To that end, the Cyberlaw Clinic is pleased to announce version 1.0 of our new public guide: How to Read a Docket. The first section of the guide covers locating federal dockets through PACER (as well as some alternative interfaces that are cheaper, more user-friendly, or both). The second section goes over how to read a docket, including the docket header and event list. The third and final section contains notes on common filings and events such as pleadings, motions, and orders. The guide is licensed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license, so anyone is free to reshare, reuse, and remix it for non-commercial purposes. We hope you’ll find it useful in your practice! And please let us know if you end up using it so we can track its impact.

Clinic Supports Engine Advocacy, Raising Concerns About Patent Doctrine of Assignor Estoppel

As the 2020-21 term at the Supreme Court winds to a close over the coming weeks, we are awaiting a decision in the case, Minerva v. Hologic (Supreme Court Case No. 20-440). The Court heard oral argument in the case on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, and a decision is expected by the end of June. The Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Engine Advocacy, challenging the application of assignor estoppel doctrine in patent litigation. This brief expands on arguments made in an earlier brief submitted by Engine and the Clinic,  supporting a petition for certiorari in the case.