Monday, March 1, 2010

Going, going … but not entirely gone!

All good things must end, they say, and it looks like I will be making a transition soon. I will be leaving my clinical teaching position at the Washington College of Law, American University at the end of June, to become a full-time, tenure-track Associate Professor at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where I am currently visiting. Among other things, the change will allow me to join some fabulous new colleagues at DePaul and in the Chicago intellectual property community, to work with old friends and new partners in another established IP program – the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPLIT®) – and to have more time for writing and to teach new courses, including a patent law seminar and hopefully soon a class on Intellectual Property and Climate Change – for which I have begun the process of conceptualizing and editing a research handbook written by experts in various fields. I’m very excited about the opportunities and my new institutional affiliation, home, and colleagues.

At the same time, I am leaving some good friends and tremendous colleagues at WCL and its Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Clinical Program. Foremost among these is my mentor Peter Jaszi, who brought me to WCL to help form the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and remains an inspiration to me (and to other to academics and public interest advocates) in all his endeavors. Also, my dear friend and IP Clinic partner Vicki Phillips, who will shoulder the burden of managing the IPClinics listserv and the growing community of IP, entrepreneurship, small business, and related clinics that it serves; my former (and current) IP Clinic colleagues Christine Farley, Ann Shalleck, Richard Ugelow, and Jessica Hayes; my PIJIP colleagues Sean Flynn, Mike Palmedo, and Stacey Jackson-Roberts; my newest PIJIP colleague (but old friend) and PIJIP Director Michael Carroll; and many other faculty members and staff at WCL. I also wish to thank Dean Claudio Grossman for having made these many years possible and for his support of my many research endeavors.

Since you take your past with you, I’m not so much leaving WCL behind as moving part of WCL to Chicago. (I hope the others like the food in Chicago as much as I do….) And as I’ll continue to maintain close connections with PIJIP and my WCL colleagues on various projects and to preserve my affiliations with various Washington institutions, there is no doubt I’ll see them often, if not as much as I would like.