Spring MIT Seminar
The Clinic includes a seminar component, which includes a series of policy-related simulations. In the spring, that seminar is co-taught with Professors Laura Moy and David Vladeck, and offered jointly with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The spring seminar pairs Georgetown Law students with MIT engineers and challenges them to draft privacy legislation that protects civil liberties and lets technology function and flourish. We start with a 24 hour trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and end with MIT faculty and students flying down to DC, where students pitch their proposals to experts like the former general counsel of the FBI, a Maryland legislator, top congressional staffers, and executives from Google, Twitter, and Uber. It’s like shark tank for privacy bills.
The course was highlighted in The Washington Post and WIRED. Several final papers were published in leading law reviews, including the Yale Journal of Law and Technology and the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Past student groups have been asked to brief the staffs of Senators Cory Booker, Jeff Flake, and Al Franken — along with the producers of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.