Through its faculty, the center creates academic research and events that engage with the state of the art of innovation and intellectual property policy. CLIC’s co-directors are Professor Jessica Silbey and Professor Andrea Matwyshyn. CLIC studies everything from the legal impact of the latest technology gadgets and their consumer protection concerns to the state of the art in the humanities, sociology, and psychology of creativity and the arts.

CLIC Faculty

Jessica SilbeyJessica M. Silbey | @JSilbey
Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity
Stanford University, AB, 1992
University of Michigan, JD, 1998
University of Michigan, PhD, 1999

Professor Jessica Silbey is a leading scholar and nationally recognized expert on intellectual property and the use of film to communicate about law. Silbey has altered the national conversation about creativity and invention with her recent book,The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press). Based on a set of 50 interviews with authors, artists, inventors and lawyers, Silbey’s work challenges the traditional notion of intellectual property as merely creating financial incentives necessary to spur innovation. Drawing on her interdisciplinary background and qualitative empirical training, Silbey's research sheds new light onto the roles intellectual property law play to sustain and frustrate the creative and innovative communities in the work they seek to accomplish. She is currently working on a new book investigating the intersection of intellectual property, creative and innovative work and fundamental democratic values in our digital age.
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Brook BakerBrook K. Baker
Professor of Law
Harvard University, AB 1969
Northeastern University, JD 1976

Professor Brook Baker teaches a Global HIV/AIDS Policy seminar, disability discrimination law, negotiations and an analytical skills workshop. His recent scholarship has focused intellectual property and access to medicines and intensifying the legal, economic and policy response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemics. He has taught and consulted in South African law schools and law school clinics since 1997. Professor Baker is an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.
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Shalanda BakerShalanda H. Baker
Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
United States Air Force Academy, BS 1998
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2005
University of Wisconsin Law School, LLM 2012

Professor Baker works closely with colleagues in Northeastern's Global Resilience Institute. She teaches courses at the law school and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities related to her research interests in environmental law and energy law.

Professor Baker served as an Air Force officer prior to her honorable discharge under the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, and became a vocal advocate for repeal of the policy. Following her graduation from law school, Baker clerked for Justice Roderick Ireland of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She also worked as a corporate and project finance associate for Bingham McCutchen LLP, initially in Boston and later in Japan. Professor Baker also completed a William H. Hastie Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she also received her LLM degree. In 2016, she won a Fulbright award and spent a year in Mexico exploring energy reform, climate change and indigenous rights.
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Woodrow HartzogWoodrow Hartzog | @Hartzog
Professor of Law and Computer Science
Samford University, BA 2000
Samford University, JD 2002
George Washington University Law School, LLM 2004
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PHD 2011

Professor Hartzog holds a joint appointment with the College of Computer and Information Science, where he teaches privacy and data protection issues. He will teach Torts to the first year law class this fall. His recent work focuses on the complex problems that arise when personal information is collected by powerful new technologies, stored, and disclosed online. Professor Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, and Michigan Law Review and popular national publications such as The Guardian, Wired, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, New Scientist, Slate, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He has testified twice before Congress on data protection issues. His book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, is under contract with Harvard University Press.
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Susan MontgomerySusan Barbieri Montgomery
Executive Professor of Law and Business
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA 1971
Rhode Island School of Design, MAE 1978
Northeastern University, JD 1986

As a member of the faculties of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the School of Law, Professor Montgomery focuses on interdisciplinary business and law programs, including development and operation of the IP CO-LAB clinic and IP/Innovation Connection conference, and teaches Legal Environment for Entrepreneurs and Innovators, Early Stage IP Decisions, IP Transactions Practice, and Branding Law and Practice. She previously taught Trademark Law and an International IP Law Seminar at Suffolk University Law School.

Professor Montgomery is also Of Counsel and previously a partner in the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP, where she has practiced since 1986. Her practice focuses on connecting IP and innovation, strategic planning for global development, and the exploitation and protection of IP assets. She has experience representing parties to domestic and international business transactions, including acquisitions, alliances, licenses and professional services contracts; advising on the purchase, sale, collateralization and license of IP assets; managing the prosecution and enforcement of international trademark portfolios; and advising companies on trademark selection and clearance, online content, packaging, franchising and trade practices compliance.
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Hilary RobinsonH.C. Robinson | @HCRobinson
Associate Professor of Law and Sociology Harvard College, AB 2003
Harvard Law School, JD 2006
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD 2017

Professor H.C. Robinson teaches courses focusing on the way technology influences the law and plays a key role in the law school’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC). Her current research concerns the interaction between technological change and legal decision-making in the construction of social order, particularly as legal institutions engage in decision-making about technological things and practices. Her PhD thesis at MIT (2017) examined work in an “algorithmic labor market” by studying Uber drivers in Boston based on semi-random sampling through ride-alongs. In addition to constructing a typology of Uber drivers, she described collective action undertaken by a group of drivers in the form of a “strike against the algorithm,” which was an effort to induce the software to perceive a driver shortage and increase the rate of pay. Offering a new theory of the organizational structure of Uber, she explained how this structure was particularly apt at mobilizing large numbers of people to breach the regulatory system by working as Uber drivers doing the equivalent of taxi or livery work without complying with any of the applicable legal regulations. The US National Science Foundation funded a follow-up comparative study of Uber drivers in Copenhagen, Denmark, which Robinson conducted in 2017.
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Kara SwansonKara W. Swanson | @KaraWSwanson
Professor of Law
Yale University, BS 1987
University of California, Berkeley, MA 1988
University of California, Berkeley, JD 1992
Harvard University, PhD 2009

Professor Swanson is an accomplished scholar, legal practitioner and scientist whose chief interests are in intellectual property law, gender and sexuality, the history of science, medicine, and technology and legal history. In 2015, she received one of Northeastern’s most prestigious prizes, the Robert D. Klein University Lectureship, which is awarded to a member of the faculty across the university who has obtained distinction in his or her field of study.

Professor Swanson's research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, among other funding organizations. Professor Swanson’s scholarship has earned multiple awards, including honors from the Society for the History of Technology, the Association of American Law Schools, and the Iowa Historical Society. Her current book project investigates the relationship between the patent system and American nationhood and citizenship by examining the ways in which women and African Americans, in support of their movements for full political and social equality, sought to demonstrate their inventive capacities.
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