Affiliate Faculty and Fellows

Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Senior Fellow - Law, Technology and Arts Group
CEO PATH

Steve Davis is the current CEO of PATH, a global non-profit health and social services NGO. He also is a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington School of Law’s Law, Technology & the Arts Program, and sits on the board of several profit and non-profit organizations. He recently served as the Interim CEO of IDRI (Infectious Diseases Research Institute – www.idri.org), a Seattle-based non-profit organization focused on translational science for global health. He is the former president and chief executive officer of Corbis, a global digital media company (www.corbis.com). Steve had senior roles at Corbis from 1993 until 2007. Earlier, he practiced law with the firm of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) in Seattle, specializing in intellectual property issues, and prior to that he held various positions in international refugee and human rights organizations.

He received his A.B. from Princeton University, his M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Washington, and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he received the Faculty Prize in International Law. He has also attended certificate programs at Beijing University and Stanford Business School.

Steve currently serves on the boards of Crucell (CRXL), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Chair-Elect), Global Partnerships (Secretary), The Seattle Foundation (Executive Committee), The George Eastman House, and Northwest School. He is on the national advisory board for Save The Children’s Survive to Five Campaign, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously chaired the Technology Alliance, IDRI, NPower, United Way of King County, and the International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar, and he has served on the boards of PATH, United Way International, Alliance for Education, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, PlanetOut, Intrepid Learning Solutions, the Governor’s Competitiveness Council, and other organizations.

Ira Rubinstein

Ira Rubinstein

Senior Fellow - Law, Technology and Arts Group
Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Ira Rubinstein is a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute. His research interests include Internet privacy, electronic surveillance law, online identity, Internet security and software liability. Rubinstein lectures and publishes widely on issues of privacy and security and has testified before Congress on these topics on several occasions. In September 2009, he organized a conference at the law school on Federal Privacy Legislation. In December 2009, he spoke at the Federal Trade Commission's Roundtable: Exploring Privacy and in July 2010, testified at a hearing on H.R. 5777, the Best Practices Act, before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection. His most recent publications are "Privacy and Regulatory Innovation: Moving Beyond Voluntary Codes," I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (forthcoming Winter 2011), which was selected by the Future of Privacy Forum in their “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers” competition, and "Data Mining and Internet Profiling: Emerging Regulatory and Technological Approaches," co-authored with Ron Lee and Paul Schwartz, 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 261 (2008). Prior to joining the ILI, he spent 17 years in Microsoft's Legal and Corporate Affairs department, most recently as Associate General Counsel in charge of the Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy group. Before coming to Microsoft, he was in private practice in Seattle, specializing in immigration law. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1985. From 1998-2001, Rubinstein served on the President's Export Council, Subcommittee on Encryption. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology. He is also a Board member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation and previously served on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and as a Trustee of the American Immigration Lawyers Foundation.

T. Andrew Culbert

T. Andrew Culbert

Affiliate Instructor of Law
Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Andy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. After college, he served in the Peace Corps for two years in Butembo, Congo (Zaire), teaching biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics in French to Congolese high school students. At William & Mary Law School, Andy was a Legal Writing Course Instructor and a member of the William & Mary Law Review. Following law school, he worked in the litigation department and became a partner at Drinker, Biddle, LLC, where he handled intellectual property litigation. He served as the “first-chair” in a number of jury and non-jury trials in various federal courts. Andy is currently Associate General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation and head of Microsoft’s worldwide patent infringement docket. He manages all of Microsoft's worldwide patent infringement litigation, including hiring and supervising of outside counsel, and directing strategic and tactical handling of the cases (currently about 50). Andy is also an adjunct professor in the intellectual property LLM program at the University of Washington, School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has written and spoken extensively on intellectual property issues.

Kevin Harrang

Affiliate Instructor of Law
Director, MetaJure, Inc.

Before joining MetaJure, Kevin worked at Microsoft Corporation for 18 years and served as a former Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, Senior Corporate Attorney and Corporate Attorney in the Legal and Corporate Affairs Division. At Microsoft, Kevin was in-house intellectual property counsel for consumer and online business groups; member of client business leadership teams, and responsible for counseling officers and senior executives on legal and business strategies. Kevin led high level business negotiations for commercial transactions and acquisitions; was the senior leader of 20-50 person teams of attorneys and paralegals supporting business groups; and a member of General Counsel’s Management Team and departmental Diversity Team. Kevin ran the large (40+ person) departmental operations group reporting directly to General Counsel, and was responsible for business management, information systems and resources, and finance & accounting. Duties included legal practice systems, business process re-engineering, and outside counsel management. Kevin managed the IT team that developed and implemented transformational changes, including 100% paperless electronic billing system for outside counsel, department-wide matter management system, corporate wide email management system beta, and inaugural preferred provider network for Microsoft outside counsel (annual budget in excess of $300M, with achieved savings of $40M). Kevin formerly was an associate attorney in the business group at Preston Gates & Ellis specializing in computer law and commercial transactions. Kevin also served as an aide to Honorable James Weaver (D-Oregon) a United States House of Representatives, in Washington DC. Kevin received his BA in Economics from Pomona College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1981 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Dr. Jan B. Krauss

Dr. Jan B. Krauss

Affiliate Instructor of Law
Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert - Munich

Dr. Krauss earned his diploma in biology from the Freie Universität in Berlin, and his doctorate for his work on the genetic basis of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin. Following his patent attorney trainee period in Berlin and Munich, he worked in the biotechnology department of a large US-patent law firm in Frankfurt am Main. His technical interests focus on all aspects of molecular biology, immunology, plant genetics, biochemistry, pharmaceutics and biotechnology. He is a member of the committee for biotechnology of the Institute of German Patent Attorneys, the current president of the Life Sciences Committee of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI), and a guest lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, USA. In the JUVE Handbook 2009 / 2010 he is indicated to be a leading name amongst the German patent attorneys having a technical focus on pharmaceutics.

Dan Laster

Dan Laster

Affiliate Associate Professor of Law
General Counsel, PATH

Mr. Laster is responsible for directing PATH’s Legal Affairs Division and providing strategic legal counsel to PATH locally and internationally. Mr. Laster has extensive expertise in intellectual property law. Currently, Mr. Laster is an affiliate professor of law for the University of Washington and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters.

Before joining PATH, Mr. Laster was an associate professor of law for the University of Washington and acted as an intellectual property expert witness as well as provided independent counsel to various Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Laster’s career also includes serving as an Associate General Counsel, Senior Corporate Attorney, and Corporate Attorney for the Microsoft Corporation (managing the copyright, trademark, trade secret, and standards groups and the legal team advising Microsoft’s Research Division), and working in private practice at the law firms of Stokes Lawrence and Perkins Coie.

Mr. Laster has served on the boards of the YMCA Metrocenter of Seattle and ACLU of Washington and currently is on the board of the Digital Learning Commons. He received his BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Penn State University and his J.D., cum laude, from University of Michigan School of Law, and he was a visiting student at Harvard Law School.

Bill Snyder

Bill Snyder

Affiliate Instructor of Law
Sustainable Business Development, LLC

Bill practiced commercial law in Seattle before joining Microsoft in a business development role in 1991. Over the next ten years he devised and implemented business development strategies for emerging market segments, including server based business applications, telephony/public networks, embedded systems, consumer electronics, advanced interface technologies, and on-line services. Bill’s responsibilities included segment analysis, entry strategy, partner selection, and partner agreement negotiation. He now consults on commercial and public/private projects that advance access to sustainable resource management technologies and health technologies in the developing world. Bill’s current projects include water treatment, sanitation, food fortification, vaccine delivery and reproductive health technologies. His clients include PATH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He teaches a multi disciplinary course on Law, Technology and Development.

BA: Business Administration (Finance), University of Washington
J.D.: University of Washington School of Law
LL.M.: Intellectual Property Law and Policy, University of Washington School of Law

Last updated 12/5/2013