University of Wisconsin Law School welcomed BJ Ard to its faculty in July. He comes to Wisconsin from Arizona, where he served as visiting assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.
Professor Ard’s scholarship focuses on intellectual property, privacy, and the intersections of law and technology. In the digital era, the study of who owns or has access to information touches on a wide range of legal areas, Ard says: “Understanding technology law is crucial to the pursuit of justice—areas like intellectual property and data privacy now shape everyday economic, social, and political life. My goal is to prepare students to tackle the legal issues posed by new technologies no matter where their careers take them.”
His publications appear or are forthcoming in Emory Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Idaho Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Yale Journal of Law & Technology, and I/S: A Journal of Law & Policy for the Information Society.
Ard completed his Ph.D. in law at Yale Law School in 2017. Prior to that, he earned a J.D. at Yale, where he was awarded the Stephen J. Massey Prize for his work in the Community and Economic Development Clinic and served as managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he was a law clerk to Judge R. Lanier Anderson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also worked as a research fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and in private practice at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles.
Ard looks forward to teaching classes in intellectual property and copyright law, beginning with Introduction to Intellectual Property this fall. “In my time on campus so far, I’ve been deeply impressed by the students. I’m excited to teach such a talented and enthusiastic student body,” he says.
Submitted by Law School News on August 10, 2018