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IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Anthropology

Special Seminar: Being a Lawyer in the Tech Space

Jessica Silbey, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/07
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

How do lawyers serve clients who are scientists, engineers and tech entrepreneurs? How can a lawyer help build a company or a machine?  Is a lawyer a business partner, a confidant, or an occasional counselor? What makes legal rules different from scientific rules? How may the difference matter for science and engineering in the 21st century?  In this class, we will learn about the specific contours of the lawyer-client relationship, and we will identify the common subject matter of legal advice in the tech space that is characterized by start-ups, quickly evolving companies, and technological innovation.  Among the subjects we will discuss will be intellectual property law, privacy law, security law, corporate and contract law, and legal ethics.

This seminar is not necessarily for those considering a career in law, although it may clarify goals in that direction.  It is for those interested in law and technology.

Sponsor(s): Anthropology
Contact: Irene Hartford, E53-335, 617 452-2837, IHART@MIT.EDU