Victoria Phillips

Professor of the Practice of Law
Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Office: Room 444A
Phone: 202-274-4078
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Professor Phillips teaches communications and intellectual property law and is the Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. She also helped found and is a faculty director of the law school’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). Before joining the WCL faculty in 2001 to help launch these programs, she was Chief of the Legal Branch of the Mass Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission and counsel in the Office of General Counsel. There she worked on a wide range of media policy proceedings including those related to broadcast ownership, broadcast public interest obligations, digital television conversion, children’s television, public television and political programming. Before joining the FCC she served as the Assistant General Counsel of the National Endowment for the Humanities, practiced communications and intellectual property law at Wiley, Rein and Fielding in Washington D.C. and clerked for Edward S. Northrop, U.S. District Judge in Baltimore, Maryland. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) and on the Membership, Outreach and Training Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education.

In Fall 2008 she served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.



Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Intellectual Property
  • Communications and Media Law
  • Telecommunications Law

Degrees & Universities

  • B.A., Smith College
  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law (cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

  • + Selected Works in Progress

    • Victoria Phillips, Building Community in the New Media Landscape, (work in progress).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Victoria Phillips, Plenary Panelist, Clinical Perspectives on Intellectual Property (Annual IP Scholars Conference, Cardozo Law School, N.Y.C, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2013).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panel Moderator, Balancing Substantive and Practical Skills in Clinical Education (Technology and IP Clinics Annual Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., July 19, 2013).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panelist, Adding Variety to Clinical Legal Education Through Service Learning (AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Juan, P.R., May 1, 2013).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panel Moderator, Is It Really Just a Toaster? Is the Public Interest Standard Toast? A Look Back (Lessons from Broadcast Regulation for the 21st Century, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 16, 2013).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panel Moderator, Technology as a Tool for or Barrier to Universal Access (Cherry Blossom Symposium on Intellectual Property and Federal Policy, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 5, 2013).
    • Victoria Phillips, Speaker, Intellectual Property Clinics in the U.S (Negotiating Intellectual Property Licenses Workshop Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, D.C., July 31, 2012).
    • Victoria Phillips, Speaker, Pedagogical Challenges: Clinical Education in IP (2012 AALS Midyear Meeting Workshop, “When Technology Disrupts Law: How Do IP, Internet and Bio Law Adapt,” Berkeley, Cal., June 11, 2012).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panelist, Teaching Takeaways: Teaching Identity in Non-Litigation Clinics (2012 AALS Annual Clinical Education Conference, L.A., Cal., May 3, 2012).
    • Victoria Phillips, Speaker, Cross Cultural Lawyering in Transactional Clinics (2012 Transactional Clinicians Conference, L.A., Cal., Apr. 29, 2012).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panelist, Social Networking: The Electronic Frontier (ALI-ABA Advanced Employment Law and Litigation, D.C., Mar. 22, 2012).
    • Victoria Phillips, Presentation, IP Clinics and Law Firm IP Pro Bono Programs in Underserved Communities (National IP Empowerment Summit, Howard University School of Law, D.C., Nov. 5, 2010).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panel Presentation, Client Intake Decisions: Beyond Eligibility (9th Annual Transactional Clinical Conf. & Workshop, Scottsdale, Ariz., Apr. 29-30, 2010).
    • Victoria Phillips, Closing Remarks, Gender and Invention (IP/Gender: The Unmapped Connections, Am. U. Wash. C. L., D.C., Apr. 16, 2010).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panel Moderator, The Net Effect: Net Neutrality and Other Access to Technology Issues ("Keeping Faith With the Constitution" 2009 American Constitution Society National Convention, Wash., D.C., June 20, 2009).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panelist, Full Disclosure :What You Need to Know About Regulation of Product Placement and Integration (Sponsored by the ABA Forum on Communications Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 30, 2009).
    • Victoria Phillips, Presentation, Intellectual Property and Small Business Clinics and Social Justice (8th Annual Transactional Law Clinic Conference and Workshop, George Washington University Law School, Wash., D.C., Apr. 23-24, 2009).
    • Victoria Phillips, Presentation, Cross-Clinic Collaborations: Looking Forward/Looking Back (Reflecting on Our Work and Vision: Risks, Mistakes and Opportunities, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Tucson, Ariz., May 2008).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panel Moderator, (Does Red Lion Still Roar? Exploring Public Interest Regulation of Media in Commemoration of the Fortieth Anniversary of Red Lion Broadcasting Co.v. FCC (Sponsored by the American University Administrative Law Review, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2008).
    • Victoria Phillips, Closing Remarks, IP/Gender: The Unmapped Connections (Sponsored by Program on IP and the Public Interest, Program on Women and the Law and Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2008).
    • Victoria Phillips, Presentation, Cracks in Intellectual Property Laws: Top Internet Video Copyright Issues” panelist at The Internet Video Policy Symposium: The Future of a New TV Medium (Sponsored by Reed Business Information and Emerging Media Dynamics, Inc., Wash., D.C., Mar. 18-19, 2008).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panelist, FCC Outlook: Who Will Be the Winners and Losers in 2007 (Fourth Annual Digital Media Conference, Sponsored by Digital Media Wire Inc., Silver Spring, Md., June 2007).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panelist, Net Neutrality and Media Ownership (Music and Intellectual Property Policy Day, Sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Future of Music Coalition, Wash., D.C., May 2007).
    • Victoria Phillips, Lecture, Communications Law and Policy (Federal Communications Commission, Wash., D.C., May 2006).
    • Victoria Phillips, Working Group Leader, Collaboration in Clinical Legal Education (AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, N.Y.C., N.Y., May 2006).
    • Victoria Phillips, Presentation, How to Commodify an American Quilt: The Women of Gee’s Bend (IP/Gender: The Unmapped Connections, Sponsored by Program on IP and the Public Interest, Program on Women and the Law and Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2006).
    • Victoria Phillips, Lecture, Communications Law and Policy (Federal Communications Commission, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2004).
    • Victoria Phillips, Presentation, If We Build It They Will Come: Creating the Foundation for an Effective Clinical Structure (Back to the Basics/Back to the Future, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Diego, Cal., May 2004).
    • Victoria Phillips, Panel Moderator, Few Gatekeepers, Many Views (Regulating Media Competition: The Development and Implications of the FCC's New Broadcast Ownership Rules, Sponsored by the American University Law Review, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Nov. 2003) (reprinted in 55 Am. U. L. Rev. 547 (2004)).