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Events and Resources
TechSoc sponsors speakers to come to YLS and speak to the YLS community about major tech issues today. For example, in Fall 2015, along with the National Security Group (NSG) and the Information Society Project (ISP), TechSoc co-sponsored Jim Baker, the General Counsel of the FBI, to speak on encryption. In Spring 2016, TechSoc partnered with ISP, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and Yale Law Women (YLW), to bring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to speak on the intersection of technology and social justice.
TechSoc ThinkThanks are opportunities for students to present their research and other work in tech-related fields to a small group of peers for feedback. ThinkTanks are a space for generative thinking—students are free to engage and develop ideas and protected until those ideas are fit for public presentation and advocacy. In creating this space, ThinkTanks encourage student entrepreneurship, creative thinking, and community—this ultimately furthers the quantity and quality of tech-law scholarship emerging from the Yale Law School. Our most recent ThinkTanks have been hosted with the help of the Zelia & Oscar Ruebhausen / Debevoise & Plimpton Student Fund Committee.
TechSoc’s informal talks are student-led discussions on hot topics such as drones, surveillance, and copyright. These talks provide a space for the community to talk about tech-law issues as they arise, outside the structure or pressure of a professor’s cold call.
Reading Group: Technology Law & Policy
TechSoc works closely with a law & technology reading group, creating the opportunity each spring for students to read, learn, and discuss tech-law scholarship with their peers for academic credit.
Career Development and Mentorship
Many TechSoc members have worked or interned in areas related to technology law and, as part of the TechSoc network, are happy to help other students, whether by meeting one-on-one or making introductions to others with more experience in particular areas. In Fall 2015, TechSoc co-sponsored a panel with the Yale Journal of Law and Technology (YJoLT) and the Career Development Office (CDO) on summer internships for 1Ls interested in law and tech. For 2016-17, TechSoc hopes to create a more formal mentoring program that will pair 1Ls with upperclassmen “buddies” to help navigate YLS.
Just as technology rapidly changes and adapts, so too does TechSoc. TechSoc is always open to student proposals for new events, workshops, and partnerships.