Professor William McGeveran specializes in information law, including data privacy, intellectual property, communications and technology, and free speech. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, he currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
McGeveran's research focuses on legal and other rules governing digital identity and privacy, ranging from online impersonation to data security to social media. Additional aspects of his research include modernizing trademark law, comparing European and American approaches to data protection, and evaluating techniques used by privacy regulators.
McGeveran is the sole author of a casebook, Privacy and Data Protection Law, used by instructors at two dozen law schools, and regularly teaches a data privacy course at Minnesota Law. He also teaches Trademark Law, Civil Procedure I and II, and Law in Practice. He is an affiliated professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and he has been a resident fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute of Advanced Study and a visiting professor at University College Dublin School of Law.
He frequently uses Twitter (as @BillMcGev), comments in the media, and teaches continuing education courses. McGeveran serves as the reporter of the Uniform Law Commission’s Study Committee on Online Privacy Protection and as a member of the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.
McGeveran earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University and a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science from Carleton College. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, McGeveran was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He previously clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced as an intellectual property litigator at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Before law school, McGeveran worked in national politics for seven years, including as a senior legislative aide to then-Rep. Charles Schumer. He grew up in New York City.
For further information on Professor McGeveran, please see his curriculum vitae.