Professor Fernando Laguarda joined AUWCL in summer 2017.

Fernando Laguarda Elected Chair of the Board of TPRC

Sept. 20, 2017

American University Washington College of Law congratulates Professor Fernando Laguarda, faculty director of the Program on Law and Government, on his election as the next Board Chair of TPRC, the leading interdisciplinary conference on technology and telecom policy. His one year term began on Sept. 11, 2017. 

Laguarda joins 21 other distinguished representatives in the industry on the Board, including Nicol Turner-Lee of the Brookings Institution serving as Vice Chair, and representatives from the U.S. Telecom Association, top universities, and companies such as Google and AT&T.

TPRC is a nonprofit, educational organization that has convened scholars, industry, civil society, and government at the intersection of law, policy, telecommunications, technology, and media since 1972. More than 350 researchers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations attended TPRC’s most recent annual conference in Washington, DC, which also included a Graduate Student Consortium to provide mentoring and career advice to young scholars as well as events bringing cutting edge research directly to Capitol Hill. TPRC prides itself on surfacing cutting edge research and building an interdisciplinary community to promote relevant solutions to public policy challenges.

For 45 years, TPRC has welcomed legal, economic, social, and technical research affecting every aspect of national and international policy on communications, information, and the Internet, including but not limited to: voice, video, and data communications using wireline and wireless networks; traditional mass media including radio and television broadcasting, cable- and satellite-delivered communication; the growth and evolution of the Internet ecosystem; technological convergence and its implications for statutes, regulations, and treaties; intellectual property; electronic commerce; privacy and cybersecurity; and the role of communications, information, and the Internet in economic development. For more information about TPRC, please visit

The Program on Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law is celebrating a quarter century offering a broad array of curricular options, experiences, and events. From cutting edge courses taught by expert faculty, to our renowned Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, to symposia and panels featuring our talented alumni, each opportunity is designed to prepare students for careers at the intersection of public service, law, and domestic policy.