William McGeveran

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • 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.

Profesor McGeveran’s current research focuses on legal and other rules governing digital identity and data privacy, ranging from online impersonation to the privacy features of Facebook and other social networks. Additional aspects of his research include modernizing trademark law, comparing European and American approaches to data protection, and navigating the tension between transparency and privacy in areas such as election regulation or open records laws.

Professor McGeveran teaches courses in Data Privacy Law, Internet Law, 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. He also serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.

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 PDF iconcurriculum vitae.


Civil Procedure

Law in Practice

Patent Law Proseminar

Data Compliance Practicum



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

Journal Articles

  • 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
    | SSRN
  • The Law of Friction, 2013 University of Chicago Legal Forum 15 (2013)
    | SSRN
  • 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)
    | SSRN
  • Disclosure, Endorsement, and Identity in Social Marketing, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 1105 (2009)
    | SSRN
  • Four Free Speech Goals for Trademark Law, 18 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 1205 (2008)
    | SSRN
  • Rethinking Trademark Fair Use, 94 Iowa Law Review 49 (2008)
    | SSRN
  • 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
    | SSRN

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