Hi, I’m Joe Mornin. I’m a software engineer and lawyer in San Francisco. I practice intellectual property and privacy law. I'm currently clerking at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.