Professor of the Practice of Law
Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic
Phone: (202) 274-4078
Professor Phillips teaches communications and intellectual property law and serves as the Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. She helped found the clinic and the law school’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in 2001 to introduce students to the public interest dimensions of intellectual property, communications and information law and policy. She serves as a faculty advisor to the Communications and Media Law Society and on the advisory board of the Program on International Communications Regulation and Policy. In 2008, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and served as Acting Director of the Institute of Public Representation’s First Amendment and Media Law Clinic. In May, 2015 she was appointed by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to serve a two year term on the agency’s Consumer Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and is Co-Chair of the Transactional Committee of the American Association of Law School’s Clinical Section. Her scholarship and advocacy explores the dynamic changes taking place in these fields and the challenging public interest issues raised by these developments.
Prior to joining the WCL faculty, 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 where she worked on a wide range of communications policy proceedings. She also 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 The Hon. Edward S. Northrop, U.S. District Judge in Baltimore, Maryland.