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Symposium Spotlight: David Levine

By: Nathaniel Reiff

On March 8, 2019, the Wake Forest Journal of  Business & Intellectual Property will have the privilege of hosting Professor David Levine at its Spring Symposium: “Lawyering in the Future: Impact of Technology on the Law.” Professor Levine will be part of a panel alongside Professor Jose Vega and Lateek Willie from Wake Forest University, to discuss various implications of data, collection, including new data and cyber concerns, evolving security standards, and what people should consider when permitting others to access or store their personal data. The panel will be moderated by Professor Simone Rose of the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Professor Levine is currently an “Associate Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.” Professor Levine’s scholarship primarily focuses on the relationship between intellectual property law, privacy, and public life. Specifically, Professor Levine spotlights how information impacts the lawmaking and regulatory process. Furthermore, the former Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy fellow entertains how intellectual property law affects secrecy and accountability in the privacy realm. Professor Levine’s personal education features a BS from Cornell University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Outside of the classroom setting, Professor Levine has made presentations for Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiators and is a former member of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission’s Protection of Trade Secret and Proprietary Information Study Group. Professor Levine’s broad expertise has been recognized by various media outlets, including NBC News, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and Slate.

As an attendee and current student enrolled in Professor Levine’s Privacy Law course, I expect Professor Levine to incorporate much of his well-established scholarship into his commentary and perspectives. As made evident by recent events in the business community, effective cybersecurity and proper data protection can save companies hundreds of millions of dollars. I also expect Professor Levine to discuss the implications of legislating data broker clearinghouses and how this may affect commerce.