William McGeveran

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Julius E. Davis Professor of Law
  • Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow
  • Carleton College, B.A.
  • New York University, J.D.

Office: 316
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor William McGeveran specializes in information law, including data privacy, intellectual property, communications and technology, and free speech. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, he currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

McGeveran’s research focuses on legal and other rules governing digital identity and privacy, ranging from online impersonation to data security to social media. Additional aspects of his research include modernizing trademark law, comparing European and American approaches to data protection, and evaluating techniques used by privacy regulators.

McGeveran is the sole author of a casebook, Privacy and Data Protection Law, used by instructors at two dozen law schools, and regularly teaches a data privacy course at Minnesota Law. He also teaches Trademark Law, Civil Procedure I and II, and Law in Practice. He is an affiliated professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and he has been a resident fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute of Advanced Study and a visiting professor at University College Dublin School of Law.

He frequently uses Twitter (as @BillMcGev), comments in the media, and teaches continuing education courses. McGeveran serves as the reporter of the Uniform Law Commission’s Study Committee on Online Privacy Protection and as a member of the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.

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, 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, McGeveran worked in national politics for seven years, including as a senior legislative aide to then-Rep. Charles Schumer. He grew up in New York City.

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


Law in Practice

Data Compliance Practicum



  • Privacy and Data Protection Law (Foundation Press, 2016)

Journal Articles

  • Catalyzing Privacy Law, 105 Minnesota Law Review 1733 (2021) Anupam Chander & Margot E. Kaminski
    | SSRN
  • General-Purpose Privacy Regulation and Translational Genomics, 48 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 142 (2020) Caroline Schmitz
  • The Duty of Data Security, 103 Minnesota Law Review 1135 (2019)
    | SSRN
  • Selfmarks, 56 Houston Law Review 333 (2018)
    | SSRN
  • Friending the Privacy Regulators, 58 Arizona Law Review 959 (2016)
    | SSRN
  • The Imaginary Trademark Parody Crisis (and the Real One), 90 Washington Law Review 713 (2015)
    | SSRN
  • Confusion Isn’t Everything, 89 Notre Dame Law Review 253 (2013) Mark P. McKenna
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  • The Law of Friction, 2013 University of Chicago Legal Forum 15 (2013)
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  • Managing Incidental Findings and Research Results in Genomic Research Involving Biobanks and Archived Data Sets, 14 Genetics in Medicine 361-84 (2012) Susan M. Wolf & et al.
  • 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) 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)
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  • Disclosure, Endorsement, and Identity in Social Marketing, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 1105 (2009)
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  • Four Free Speech Goals for Trademark Law, 18 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 1205 (2008)
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  • Rethinking Trademark Fair Use, 94 Iowa Law Review 49 (2008)
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  • 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) William W. Fisher
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