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Hans, G.S.

Clinical Fellow
Entrepreneurship Clinic

2024 South Hall

Professor Gautam Hans, '12, is a clinical teaching fellow in the Entrepreneurship Clinic, with a focus on intellectual property and technology. His work and scholarship examine how individuals and new entities address the complex legal and policy issues involved with IP and technology regulation. Professor Hans previously served as policy counsel and director, CDT-San Francisco at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he worked on a range of technology law and policy issues. Professor Hans joined CDT in 2012 as the Ron Plesser Fellow, based in Washington, D.C., focusing on privacy issues.

A frequent speaker on technology issues relating to IP, privacy, speech, and security, Professor Hans has been quoted in several media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review First Impressions and the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (in dissent).

Professor Hans earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and served as a student-attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Michigan Clinical Law Program. He also earned his MS in information from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2012. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked as an editorial assistant in the Knopf Group of Random House Inc., after receiving his BA in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 2006.

Recent Publications

"Curing Administrative Search Decay." Bos. U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. (Forthcoming).
Full Text: SSRN


Presented "No Copyright Infringement Intended" at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, August 2017.

Panelist, "For Love Nor Money: Are We Teaching Transferable Skills by Representing Clients for Free?," AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 2017.

Presented "Representation, Content, and the Copyright Office," Race + IP Conference, Boston College Law School, April 2017.

Moderator, "Privacy and Security Challenges in Investigative Journalism," Dissonance Series, University of Michigan, March 2017.

Presented "Regulatory Data Requests and Administrative Searches," Privacy Law Scholars Conference, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., June 2016.

Panelist, "Old Regulatory Models, New Technologies: Lessons from the Sharing Economy," Engine, San Francisco, April 2016. ​

Panelist, "The End of Online Free Expression?", South by Southwest, Austin, Texas, March 2016. ​

Coauthored amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Spokeo v. Robins, No. 13-1339, for Center for Democracy & Technology et al., September 2015 (cited in dissent).

Fellow, University of California–Berkeley Center for Technology, Society, and Policy, 2015-2016.​