Joe Mornin

Hi, I’m Joe Mornin. I’m a software engineer and lawyer in San Francisco. I practice intellectual property and privacy law. In 2016, I was part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. In 2015, I was named to the Fastcase 50. I'm a fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Legal Informatics. Some of my projects are below.

Feel free to email me at joe@mornin.org. You can also find me around the web.

I earned a law degree in 2015 from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the recipient of the Prosser Prize in tort law, and a fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. I led boalt.org (a student organization that promotes public interest tech law) and volunteered at the East Bay Community Law Center. I published a journal article on government surveillance and the Fourth Amendment. My law school notes are available on GitHub.

I’ve been coding since 1997. My preferred stack is Linux, Python, Django, and HTML/CSS/JavaScript/jQuery. I’m also experienced in AWS, Google App Engine, NGINX, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, and WordPress. I like to write in LaTeX with Vim, but unfortunately most of the world is locked into Microsoft Word. Some of my software projects are listed below. I’m on GitHub as @morninj.

During law school, I worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy & Technology, where I worked on several projects involving privacy, free expression, and intellectual property. I was a fellow at the Harvard library, where I worked on the Perma archiving project. I was a research assistant to professors Lawrence Lessig, Paul Schwartz, Jennifer Urban, and Howard Rheingold.

Before law school, I spent two years as a Research Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. I also worked on several projects to get money out of politics. I built the tech and led campaigns for Rootstrikers and Represent.Us, and I’m volunteering for Lawrence Lessig’s presidential campaign. I was also a fellow at Public.Resource.Org, where I worked on improving public access to the law.

In 2008, I co-founded a Facebook app to let users register to vote online. I worked with Rep. Ben Cannon to draft and pass Oregon’s online voter registration law, O.R.S. § 247.019. I also led online organizing for oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens’s alternative energy campaign.

I have a B.A. in English Literature from Reed College.

I enjoy exploring the outdoors in the Bay and beyond. I’m especially into cycling in all forms—road, mountain, and touring. My family lives in New Zealand, where I’m a “permanent” resident. Someday, I might get rid of the quotation marks.

I sometimes give talks and consult on freelance projects. You can reach me at joe@mornin.org.
Bestlaw

Bestlaw is a free app that adds features to Westlaw and Lexis (the two major legal research platforms). 20,000 lawyers and students have used it at top law schools, firms, courts, and nonprofits. It’s enhanced over 6,000,000 legal documents.

Fluffblocker

Replace Facebook trending topics with the headlines from the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, or a custom RSS feed.

LaTeX for Lawyers

We’re helping to automate law by building free and open source templates for legal documents in the LaTeX markup language.

Nicejot

I built Nicejot to keep track of notes, contacts, links, etc.

GitHub

I have several open source projects on GitHub.

Quantius

Quantius is a platform for crowdsourcing common scientific tasks. It’s currently in private beta. It’s being tested in labs at UCSF, Berkeley, and Stanford.

Blog

I occasionally blog here.

Flickr

Photography was my first love. I wish I had more time for it, but sometimes I manage to take pictures and put them online.

Berkeley Law

I graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2015. I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and the recipient of the Prosser Prize in tort law. I published a journal article on government surveillance and the Fourth Amendment. My law school notes are available on GitHub.

Perma.cc

Perma helps scholars, journals, and courts create permanent links to the online sources cited in their work. I built the first version and donated the code to the Harvard library, where I worked as a fellow to continue building it.

Money in Politics

I’ve worked on several projects to get money out of politics. I built the tech and led campaigns for Rootstrikers and Represent.Us, and I’m volunteering for Lawrence Lessig’s presidential campaign.

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