Peter Jaszi | Founder and Professor of Law
Peter Jaszi, along with WCL Professor Christine Haight Farley, co-founded the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Professor Jaszi has taught many courses as WCL for over 25 years. As a classroom instructor, he specializes in domestic and international copyright law. An experienced copyright litigator and frequent speaker to professional audiences in the United States and abroad, he is widely recognized as an advocate for the public interest in intellectual property law. With various collaborators, he has written a standard copyright textbook and several articles on copyright history and theory. In 1994, he was a member of the Librarian of Congress’s Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit. Since 1995 he has been active in the Digital Future Coalition, which he helped to organize. He is a former trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and serves on the editorial board of its journal.
Victoria Phillips | Director and Professor of Practice of Law
Victoria Phillips teaches communications and intellectual property law and serves as the Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Professor Phillips helped found the clinic and the law school’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in 2001 to introduce students to the public interest dimensions of intellectual property, communications and information law and policy. She serves as a faculty advisor to the Communications and Media Law Society and to the American University Journal of Gender and Social Policy. In 2008, she was as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and served as Acting Director of the Institute of Public Representation’s First Amendment and Media Law Clinic. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and is Co-Chair of the Transactional Committee of the American Association of Law School’s Clinical Section. Her scholarship and advocacy explores the dynamic changes taking place in these fields and the challenging public interest issues raised by these developments.
Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, is interested in the evolving fair use doctrine and its use in diverse communities of practice. He works with libraries and their allies to negotiate copyright issues raised by research, teaching and learning. Butler was counsel to the two largest providers of accessible texts for the blind as amici in the Authors Guild v. Hathitrust case, on appeal in the Second Circuit. He served as a co-facilitator, with Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, of the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Aademic and Research Libraries, released in January 2012.