Andrew Sellars

Director, Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

Clinical Instructor

BS, Northeastern University
JD, The George Washington University School of Law

Areas of Interest
Intellectual Property
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Biography

Andrew Sellars is the director of the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic, in which BU Law students advise MIT students on laws and regulations that may affect their innovation-related academic and extracurricular projects. Before joining BU, Sellars was the Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. At the Berkman Center, he focused on a variety of legal issues surrounding technology, intellectual property, and civil liberties. His work included advising clients on online free expression and media law matters, defending independent computer security research, helping clients navigate copyright and trademark law, and advocating for greater privacy rights in emerging technologies. Over his five years at the Berkman Center, Sellars served as the assistant director of Berkman’s Digital Media Law Project, and as a clinical fellow at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic. Sellars received his JD with high honors from the George Washington University Law School, where he was awarded the Peter D. Rosenberg Award for Patent and Intellectual Property Law and the Jan Jancin Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, awarded to the top intellectual property law student in the country.

Courses

3 credits

The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic provides counseling and guidance to assist MIT student innovators in navigating laws and regulations, and in responding to cease-and-desist letters and notice-and-takedown orders based on: telecommunications, privacy, data security, intellectual property, computer crime, and related laws. Depending on capacity, the clinic may also provide MIT students with limited litigation and dispute resolution-related assistance, and may engage in legislative reform efforts and other policy work of interest to MIT innovators. PRE-/CO-REQUISITE: If students have not done so already, students must take a course in intellectual property, either an IP survey course or other core IP course such as patent, copyright, or trademark. NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. Priority is given to 3Ls. 2Ls will be considered only as space allows. Acceptance is competitive.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 725 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Andrew Sellars
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 725 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Andrew Sellars

3 credits

The Clinic also includes an academic component that introduces students to lawyering skills (including interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, etc.) that will help them in counseling client innovators. From a substantive legal perspective, the course will likely involve an in-depth study of statutes, case law, and scholarly articles addressing law and technology issues. The course will also discuss legal reform efforts in the law/technology area.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 866 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Andrew Sellars LAW 520

3 credits

The Clinic also includes an academic component that introduces students to lawyering skills (including interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, etc.) that will help them in counseling client innovators. From a substantive legal perspective, the course will likely involve an in-depth study of statutes, case law, and scholarly articles addressing law and technology issues. The course will also discuss legal reform efforts in the law/technology area.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 869 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Andrew Sellars LAW 520
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