Professor Jack I. Lerner - Panelist
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic



Professor Lerner's work focuses on problems at the intersection of law and technology, particularly how technology law and policy affect innovation and creative expression. He has written and spoken widely on copyright, privacy and other areas of technology law.

Professor Lerner received a B.A., with distinction, in English from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Fred I. Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge G. Thomas Van Bebber in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. He practiced IP law with the Palo Alto, Calif., firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. and in 2004 was a research fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.

Before joining UC Irvine School of Law in 2014, Professor Lerner was Clinical Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, where for seven years he led law students as they counsel and represent policymakers, artists, innovators, nonprofit organizations, and others on a range of IP and technology issues. Among other accomplishments, under Professor Lerner's supervision Clinical Interns obtained exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on behalf of a wide coalition of documentary filmmakers that is helping filmmakers exercise their fair use rights, and worked with policymakers in the developing world to conduct a major survey of copyright limitations and exceptions among Pacific Rim economies. Before joining USC, Professor Lerner was Clinic Fellow at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Since 2008, Professor Lerner has been Executive Editor of the award-winning treatise Internet Law and Practice in California (CEB). Among Professor Lerner's recent publications are "Law Enforcement Investigations Involving Journalists," in National Security Leaks, Whistleblowers, and the Media (Paul Rosenzweig, Timothy J. McNulty & Ellen Shearer, Eds.) (ABA 2014) (with Bar-Nissim) and "The Duty of Confidentiality in the Surveillance Age," 17 J. Internet L. 1 (2014) (with Frank, Lee, Wade). See more of Professor Lerner's publications at his UC Irvine profile.

In 2016, Professor Lerner was awarded the California Lawyer "Attorney of the Year" award for his work obtaining exceptions to the copyright laws that affect documentary filmmakers and authors nationwide. Read more about the award.