Michael Carroll Named New Director of Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property Photograph of Professor Michael W. Carroll

WASHINGTON, DC, March 30, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law welcomes Michael W. Carroll to its faculty this fall as a professor of law and director of the law school’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). Carroll was a visiting professor at WCL for the 2008-09 academic year and was previously a full professor at the Villanova University School of Law. He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw.  His research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies.

“We are thrilled to have a leading intellectual property scholar and advocate like Michael taking the helm at PIJIP,” says Professor Peter Jaszi, the program’s outgoing co-director.  “He brings to the job an unparalleled scholarly network and a proven dedication to promoting visions of intellectual property that further the dissemination of knowledge   As a key theorist of the “open access” movement, and a renowed expert on IP and new technology, Michael is uniquely equipped to secure WCL’s position as an important hub of IP studies.”

Carroll will succeed Jaszi and his co-director Professor Christine Haight Farley as head of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. PIJIP promotes public interest approaches to domestic and international intellectual property law through advocacy, events and the provision of legal and consulting services.  PIJIP’s activities focus on a balanced approach to intellectual property and other legal regimes that reward creators while ensuring broad public access to information and its products.

In addition to his accomplishments as a scholar, Carroll is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also is on the sub-group of Board members who advise the organization's Science Commons division and its education division, ccLearn.  Carroll is also recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue.

Carroll teaches Intellectual Property in Cyberspace, Contracts, Licensing and Legal Entrepreneurship, and Cyberlaw at the Washington College of Law. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and A.B from University of Chicago.

Prior to his academic career, Carroll served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.

Carroll’s blog, Carrollogos (http://carrollogos.blogspot.com/), is a resource for news and commentary on open access issues, copyright law, trademark law, patent law, and music.