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Liang, May

Adjunct Professor
Fall 2017


May Liang is general counsel and chief financial officer for OpenConcept Systems, Inc., a software development company. She previously served as general counsel and chief financial officer for Total Music, LLC, a digital entertainment service. Liang also served for almost three years as executive director of the Epilepsy Therapy Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance new epilepsy treatments into the market by funding cutting-edge epilepsy research.

In addition, Liang served as vice president and associate general counsel at America Online, Inc., for almost eight years. Her areas of expertise included intellectual property, technology licensing, telecommunications, and employment law. Her responsibilities included serving as general counsel to the Netscape Communications and AOL Technologies divisions. Liang also has been an associate at Soble & Associates in Washington, D.C., Foulston & Siefkin in Wichita, Kansas, and Ware & Freidenrich in Palo Alto, California.

Liang has written numerous articles related to intellectual property and has frequently spoken on intellectual property and technology licensing issues. She has bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and political science from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Liang is a member of the board of trustees for Sidwell Friends School and also served as clerk for its governance and audit committees. She is also secretary and a member of the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation and a member of the board of governors for the Folger Shakespeare Library. She also serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Stanford Law School. In addition, she was a member of the Stanford University Special Gifts Committee and the Sidwell Friends National Leadership Gift Board. She previously served on the advisory boards of George Washington University's Virginia Campus and the American Corporate Counsel Association, as well as on the board of directors of the Children's Law Center and the Children's Chorus of Washington (where she served as treasurer for both organizations), the board of directors for the Falls Church–McLean Children's Center, the board of directors for the YMCA–Fairfax County, and was a member of the U.S.–Japan Leadership Program Executive Committee and a fellow of the program.


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