(PRWEB) March 21, 2014
How secure is information that might once have been considered private? And depending on the technology used, who owns that data? As these legal questions and issues arise, The John Marshall Law School debuts its new center aimed to address their continued overlap.
The Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law will focus on how the legal world grapples with questions concerning privacy and security, as information technology and intellectual property (IP) issues intersect.
“Expanding our curriculum to include privacy law and information technology allows us to illuminate this bridge and offers us tremendous possibilities for innovation,” said Doris E. Long, director of the Center for Intellectual Property, Information and Privacy Law. “We will continue to lead the way so that students, practitioners, policymakers and academics can master the challenges of new technologies and new digital realities.”
The new Center combines the existing Center for Intellectual Property Law and Center for Information Technology & Privacy Law into a program that builds upon John Marshall’s leadership in the fields and dedication to practice-ready training. For the second year in a row, John Marshall boasts the 12th-ranked IP program in the nation, according to the 2015 U.S. News & World Report. The law school has been a consistent leader in intellectual property law since the creation of its IP programs 75 years ago.
“I am so pleased that we are taking this critical step in marrying our two centers into a new center designed to take advantage of the emerging interconnections between intellectual, privacy and cyber security,” Dean John E. Corkery said. “This merging helps us more effectively combine our efforts to assure John Marshall’s pre-eminence in these fields.”
James Lai, counsel for Motorola Mobility and an adjunct professor at John Marshall, praised the school’s initiative to house the overlapping legal issues in a singular program.
“I think that it makes sense to have a technical-based center and if you look at the issues that tech companies face, they are IP, privacy and security,” Lai said. “Even if the subject matters seem different, a lot of the behind-the-scenes work is pretty similar.” Law students who go on to work for clients in the information or technology worlds will ultimately deal with the same overlapping legal issues, no matter if they concentrated on IP or privacy law, Lai said.
The combined center offers a variety of J.D. certificates, as well as LL.M. and M.S. degrees and multiple online courses whose credits may be applicable toward a degree.
For more information about John Marshall’s Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law, go to http://www.jmls.edu/academics/ip-privacy or contact Christine Kraly at ckraly(at)jmls(dot)edu or 312-427-2737 ext. 171.