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Georgetown Law Establishes Mamolen Professorship in Law & Technology, Selects Julie Cohen as Inaugural Professor

February 2, 2015 —

Professor Julie Cohen Professor Julie Cohen

 Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mark Claster Mamolen Professorship in Law & Technology. The Law Center’s Julie Cohen will be formally installed as the inaugural professor during a ceremony on April 1.  

“A leading expert on law and technology, Julie Cohen is one of the nation’s foremost privacy theorists. This professorship is a well-deserved honor,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “We are deeply grateful to the late Mark Mamolen for his generosity to the Law Center.” 

Cohen teaches and writes about copyright, information privacy regulation and the governance of information and communication networks. She is also a faculty director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law. She is the author of Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Association of Internet Researchers Book Award and was shortlisted for the Surveillance & Society Journal’s 2013 book prize. She is a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business, 3d ed. 2010). 

Cohen is a member of the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty in 1999, she was assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She previously practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation. She also served as law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. 

The Mamolen Professorship was created with a gift from the estate of Mark Mamolen. Mamolen, who died in 2013, also created six opportunity scholarships at Georgetown Law for students of extraordinary ability and limited means. He attended his first year of law school at Georgetown before transferring to the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his law degree. 

“Mark was always extremely grateful to Georgetown, and to (former admissions director) Jerry Patterson, for his admission to the Law Center. He knew that his time here afforded him opportunities for learning, achievement, and success that he would otherwise not have had. He often said that his admission to Georgetown changed the direction of his life, and he considered it his first significant personal milestone,” said Julie Bleicher, Mamolen’s sister. “Mark's affection for Georgetown and appreciation of the value of his Law Center experience is evidenced by his bequest, and he would be honored, as his family is, to know how Georgetown is recognizing his gift.”

Mamolen started his first business as an undergraduate at George Washington University and completed early stints at IBM and Boston Consulting Group, before becoming the principal non-family financial advisor to J.A. Pritzker. While working at Pritzker & Pritzker from 1978 to 1985, he underwrote a number of investments including TransUnion Corp. and TicketMaster. After that, he was an independent private investor in a number of businesses and the managing partner of Carl Street Partners. He was a key principal in the buyout of Bendix Engine Products and DeflectaShield Corp., where he was also a director. Mamolen's most recent significant business venture was as an investor and director of IPD Analytics, a privately held firm that provides actionable insights to institutional investors in the areas of healthcare and technology.

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