BiographyWhile at Harvard Law School, where she earned her law degree cum laude, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling served as articles editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and as a teaching and research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where she designed and coordinated an online course on Internet privacy, developed the curriculum for a seminar on "Internet and Society," and researched Internet domain name, free expression, and intellectual property issues. Van Houweling was also a research assistant to professors Arthur R. Miller and Lawrence Lessig, and a teaching fellow in the Harvard College Government Department (where she received the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education).
At the University of Michigan, where she earned her bachelor's degree in political science with Highest Distinction, Van Houweling was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society and named the William Jennings Bryan Outstanding Political Science Graduate. She received high honors for her undergraduate thesis, The Politics of Presidential Position-Taking.Van Houweling comes to the Law School from Stanford Law School, where she has been a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society and executive director of Creative Commons, a nonprofit corporation that facilitates sharing of intellectual property. She previously served as law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and to the Hon. Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as one of the initial staff members of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization that oversees the Internet domain name system.
Van Houweling has published in the University of Colorado Journal of Telecommunications & High Technology Law (forthcoming) and the Harvard Journal on Legislation. She currently is working on an article about the state action doctrine in the context of conflicts between property law and Internet-based speech.
-- From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 45, Iss. 02 (Summer 2002).
Van Houweling left Michigan Law in 2005 to join the faculty at the University of California Berkeley Law School.
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"Assistant Professor Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, J. D. Harvard law School; B.A. University of Michigan," 45 L. Quadrangle Notes 27 (Summer, 2002).