Jack Lerner

Clinical Professor of LawUSC Gould School of Law

Jack Lerner
Work: (213) 740-9013
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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 425

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last updated Wed, Jul 2, 2014

For Fall 2013, Professor Lerner’s office hours will be on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

Jack Lerner is Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic.

Professor Lerner received a B.A., with distinction, in English from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Fred I. Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge G. Thomas Van Bebber in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. He practiced intellectual property law with the Palo Alto, Calif., firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. and in 2004 was a research fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Before joining USC, Professor Lerner was Clinic Fellow at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Among Professor Lerner’s publications are “Intellectual Property and Development at WIPO and WHO,” (American Journal of Law and Medicine 2008), “Taking the ‘Long View’ on the Fourth Amendment: Stored Records and the Sanctity of Home” (with Mulligan) (Stanford Technology Law Review 2007), “Legal Issues Facing Election Officials in an Electronic Voting World” (with Burstein, Dang and Hancock) (2007), and amicus curiae briefs in Hepting v. AT&T, Inc.; United States v. Martingnon; and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd.

Professor Lerner leads law students in the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic as they counsel and represent policymakers, artists, innovators, nonprofit organizations, and others on a range of IP and technology issues. Among other things, under Professor Lerner’s supervision Clinical Interns have successfully sought two exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on behalf of a wide coalition of documentary filmmakers that have helped countless filmmakers nationwide to exercise thair fair use rights, and worked with policymakers in the developing world to conduct a major survey of copyright limitations and exceptions among Pacific Rim economies.

Prior to joining the USC Law faculty, Professor Lerner was a visiting clinical assistant professor from 2007-09.

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Works in Progress

  • The Administrative Law of Copyright
  • Collective Management Organizations and the International Copyright System

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Executive Editor, Internet Law & Practice in California (CEB 2004); Contributing Author, “Copyrights and the DMCA” and “Content Clearances, Licensing, and Fair Use” chapters
  • Intellectual Property and Development at WHO and WIPO, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF LAW & MEDICINE, 34 (2008): 295-316 (symposium) - (Hein)
  • Taking the "Long View" on the Fourth Amendment: Stored Records and the Sanctity of the Home, 3 STANFORD TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW (2008) (symposium) (with Deirdre K. Mulligan) - (SSRN)
  • Hepting v. AT&T, Inc. , 06-17132, 06-17137, Brief Of Amicus Curiae People for the American Way Foundation In Support Of Plaintiffs-Appellees And Affirmance, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, May 2, 2007
  • Legal Issues Facing Election Officials in an Electronic Voting World, March 15, 2007 (with Aaron Burstein, Stephen Dang, and Galen Hancock). - (www)
  • Network Security Architecture for Demand Response/Sensor Networks, Consultant Report prepared for California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Group, October 2005 (with Erin Jones, Deirdre K. Mulligan, Umesh Shankar, P.A. Subrahmanyam, and David Wagner)
  • United States v. Martignon, No. 04-5649-CR, Brief Of Amici Curiae Thirty-One Intellectual Property And Constitutional Law Professors In Support Of Defendant-Appellee And Affirmance, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, May 12, 2005
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. , No. 04-480, Brief Of Amici Curiae Sixty Intellectual Property And Technology Law Professors And The United States Public Policy Committee Of The Association For Computing Machinery In Support Of Respondents, in the United States Supreme Court, March 1, 2005 - (bepress)
  • Book Note, 21 HARVARD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW 587 (1997) (reviewing Alan Boyle & Michael Anderson, Eds., Human Rights Approaches To Environmental Protection (1996))