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An Open Letter to Law School Deans about Privacy Law Education in Law Schools

Privacy Law in Law Schools

Recently a group of legal academics and practitioners in the field of privacy law sent a letter to the deans of all U.S. law schools about privacy law education in law schools.  My own brief intro about this endeavor is here in italics, followed by the letter. The signatories to the letter have signed onto the letter, not this italicized intro.

Although the field of privacy law grown dramatically in past two decades, education in law schools about privacy law has significantly lagged behind.  Most U.S. law schools lack a course on privacy law. Of those that have courses, many are small seminars, often taught by adjuncts.  Of the law schools that do have a privacy course, most often just have one course. Most schools lack a full-time faculty member who focuses substantially on privacy law.

This state of affairs is a great detriment to students. I am constantly approached by students and graduates from law schools across the country who are wondering how they can learn about privacy law and enter the field. Many express great disappointment at the lack of any courses, faculty, or activities at their schools.

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A Guide to Grading Exams

 

This post is a reprise of a post I wrote many years ago that has remained popular.  I thought I’d repost it now, during exam grading season, to help professors who want to learn the science and art of grading exams. 

It’s that time of year again. Students have taken their finals, and now it is time to grade them. It is something professors have been looking forward to all semester. Exactness in grading is a well-honed skill, taking considerable expertise and years of practice to master. The purpose of this post is to serve as a guide to young professors about how to perfect their grading skills and as a way for students to learn the mysterious science of how their grades are determined.

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The Funniest Password Recovery Questions and Why Even These Don’t Work

Passwords

 

A recent article in Wired argues that it is time to kill password recovery questions. Password recovery questions are those questions that you set up in case you forget your password. Common questions are:

In what city were you born?

What is your mother’s maiden name?

Where did you go to high school?

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HIPAA’s Failure to Provide Enough Patient Control Over Medical Records

HIPAA Privacy Rule

 

A Not-So-Far-Fetched Seinfeld Episode

In a Seinfeld episode called “The Package” from 1996 (click here to see the scene), airing just months after HIPAA was passed,  Elaine goes to see a doctor for a rash.

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An Updated List of Privacy Law Fellowships

Fellowships can be a great way to kick start a career in privacy law.  I have added new fellowships the list I published in February 2016, as well as updated deadlines and other relevant information.  Click here to see the fully updated list of privacy fellowships.  If you know of others I should add, please email me.

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