Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy


CASRIP Newsletter - Summer 2009, Volume 16, Issue 3

New Law, Technology & Arts Group Takes Innovation to the Highest Level

Building on curricular, research, and clinical strengths in technology law and art law, the UW School of Law has formed a new academic unit that covers the full scope of these areas. The Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA) takes a comprehensive approach to the legal issues involved in facilitating and regulating technological and artistic innovation.

“Seattle and the University of Washington are known throughout the world as centers of innovation, whether in biotech, information technology, or new media arts,” said LTA Chair Sean O’Connor. “We’re taking advantage of our vast resources, within the UW family and throughout the community, to generate opportunities for the Law School to educate current and future leaders in the rapidly converging fields of technology law and art law.”

LTA brings under one academic unit faculty in the J.D. and LL.M. programs, research activities of the Center for Advanced Research in Intellectual Property (CASRIP) and the former Shidler Center for Law Commerce & Technology, current law and technology electronic journals and newsletters, and guest lectures and conferences.

Five members of the UW faculty make up the LTA’s Board of Directors. In addition to their teaching and research, this hands-on board coordinates elements related to law, technology, and arts that go beyond the classroom- including continuing legal education, student clinics, internships, student organizations, and community outreach.

In addition to Sean O’Connor, the Board of Directors includes: Bob Gomulkiewicz, Director for Academics, who oversees the J.D. and LL.M. programs; Anita Ramasastry, Director for Journals and Conferences, who provides faculty support for the LTA student-run journal, Washington Journal of Law, Technology + Arts, and coordinates conferences; Toshiko Takenaka, Director for Research, who conducts the CASRIP Summer Institute and High Technology Protection Summit; and Jane Winn, Director for International Relations, who oversees the Group’s international efforts.

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