University of Pittsburgh
September 27, 2001

Former University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor Gives Fellowship To Law School Pitt Receives Samuelson/Glushko Fellowship in Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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September 25, 2001

PITTSBURGH—Former University of Pittsburgh law professor Pamela Samuelson and her husband, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Robert J. Glushko, have funded the Samuelson/Glushko Fellowship in Intellectual Property and Technology Law in Pitt's School of Law.

A faculty member in the School of Law from 1981 to 1996, Samuelson was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1997; she is now a professor at the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Both Samuelson and Glushko have been leaders in using legal scholarship to illustrate the public interest dimensions of intellectual property law, privacy law, and other legal issues involved in the widespread use of computers, computer software, and the Internet. The new fellowship is designed to have law students consider the public interest aspects of technology law, and to support related legal research.

"This gift is very exciting for the law school for several reasons," said David Herring, Pitt law school dean. "First, everyone here feels a very special bond with Pam and Bob—they are a big part of our community. Second, the funds will benefit our students directly and involve them in rich educational endeavors. And third, and most important, this gift has proved to be a catalyst for our faculty in developing a certificate program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law—an important and vital area of legal practice in the new economy."

Funding for the Pitt fellowship follows joint Samuelson-Glushko gifts to American University's Washington College of Law, Boalt Hall, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C.—all in support of research and clinical practice focused on the legal and public policy dimensions of new technologies.

The yearlong fellowship supports each student Fellow's research and publication of a scholarly article on one or more legal and/or public policy issues concerning intellectual property and technology law. The fellowship is open to all full-time second- and third-year candidates for the J.D. degree. Up to two Fellows will be appointed each year and will work under the close supervision of faculty advisors. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500. The first Fellows are expected to be named this spring.

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