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William McGeveran

Associate Professor; Vance Opperman Research Scholar

William McGeveran

316 Mondale Hall
229–19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-6047

billmcg@umn.edu

Carleton College, B.A.
New York University, J.D.

Professor William McGeveran will be a visiting professor at University College Dublin School of Law for the Fall 2013 semester.

Professor McGeveran specializes in information law, including intellectual property, data privacy, communications and technology, and free speech. His primary current research focuses on legal and other rules governing digital identity and data privacy, ranging from online impersonation to celebrities’ rights over their images to the privacy features of Facebook and other social networks. Additional areas of research include rights to use trademarks for communicative purposes such as parody or comparative advertising, and the tension between transparency and privacy in regimes areas such as election regulation or open records laws. He teaches Data Privacy, Trademark, Civil Procedure I and II, and Law in Practice. He is an affiliated professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and frequently uses Twitter (as @BillMcGev).

Professor McGeveran earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University and a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science from Carleton College. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Professor McGeveran was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He previously clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced as an intellectual property litigator at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Before law school, Professor McGeveran worked in national politics for seven years, primarily as a policy aide to Democrats in the United States House of Representatives. He grew up in New York City.

For further information on Professor McGeveran, please see his curriculum vitae.


PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Confusion Isn't Everything, 89 Notre Dame Law Review 253 (2013) (with Mark P. McKenna)

The Law of Friction, 2013 University of Chicago Legal Forum 15 (2013)

Deidentification and Reidentification in Returning Individual Findings from Biobank and Secondary Research: Regulatory Challenges and Models for Management, 13 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 485 (2012) (with Leili Fatehi & Pari McGarraugh)

Mrs. McIntyre's Persona: Bringing Privacy Theory to Election Law, 19 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 859 (2011)

Comment, Life in the Fast Lane: Of Presumptions, Defenses, and Burdens, 1 IP Theory 25 (2010)

The Trademark Fair Use Reform Act, 90 Boston University Law Review 2267 (2010)

Disclosure, Endorsement, and Identity in Social Marketing, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 1105 (2009)

Four Free Speech Goals for Trademark Law, 18 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 1205 (2008)

Rethinking Trademark Fair Use, 94 Iowa Law Review 49 (2008)

Mrs. McIntyre's Checkbook: Privacy Costs of Political Contribution Disclosure, 6 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 1 (2003)

Programmed Privacy Promises: P3P and Web Privacy Law, 76 New York University Law Review 1812 (2001) (note)

Other Publications

The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age (Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, 2006) (with William W. Fisher)

COURSES

Civil Procedure
Privacy Law
Trademark Law