Letter from the Dean
Technology is transforming the legal landscape, and here at Georgetown we are making an unprecedented push to prepare students for this new world. We offer courses on information privacy law and the law of cyberspace. We offer practicum students the chance to design legal apps for real-world partners, thus providing more legal services to people in need. And we have just established the Mark Claster Mamolen Professorship in Law and Technology, to which Professor Julie Cohen was formally installed on April 1.
I’m especially proud of our new Center on Privacy and Technology (see page 20). In less than a year it has become a thought leader on matters of utmost importance, such as protecting the privacy rights of vulnerable populations. The Center has hosted conferences, produced white papers and is offering a first-of-its-kind partnership class in which professors and students from Georgetown join professors and students from MIT to examine the privacy implications of everything from Fitbits to smart TVs. We’re excited to be creating, in the words of the Center’s executive director Alvaro Bedoya, “lawyers who can speak engineer.”
This is a pivotal time for privacy issues, and Washington, D.C., is the perfect place to be studying them. Many of the country’s key privacy decision-makers work within a few miles of campus. One of them, our own Professor David Vladeck, formerly director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Bureau, is one of the Center’s faculty directors.
But Vladeck is only one of many professors who bring government experiences directly into the classroom. Our professors serve in key government posts, provide expert testimony, and help shape national policy in many ways. Every student at Georgetown Law gets to experience the D.C. advantage — which is what we call the powerful combination of place and expertise that makes our school special (see page 32).
The D.C. advantage was on full display last fall at our first Family Weekend (see page 44), when we hosted a crowd of 1L students and their parents, grandparents, spouses, children and siblings. More than 500 people from 25 states came to hear such speakers as Rep. John Delaney (L’88), D.-Md., and Adjunct Professor Kenneth Feinberg (H’14), the special master of the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The event was made possible by the new Parents Leadership Council, a unique program that’s helping connect parents to their students and to this wonderful institution.
We’re excited to welcome parents to the Georgetown Law community, a community made richer every day by your dedication and hard work. It’s a community that continues to amaze me — a community to which I’m so very proud to belong.
Dean William Treanor