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October 11, 2001

Former law prof funds fellowship

Former Pitt law professor Pamela Samuelson and her husband, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Robert J. Glushko, have funded the Samuelson/Glushko Fellowship in Intellectual Property and Technology Law in Pitt's School of Law.

A faculty member at Pitt from 1981 to 1996, Samuelson was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1997; she is now a professor at the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Both Samuelson and Glushko have been leaders in using legal scholarship to illustrate the public interest dimensions of intellectual property law, privacy law and other legal issues involved in the widespread use of computers, computer software and the Internet.

The new fellowship is designed to have law students consider the public interest aspects of technology law, and to support related legal research.

Dean David Herring said, "The funds will benefit our students directly and involve them in rich educational endeavors. And this gift has proved to be a catalyst for our faculty in developing a certificate program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law — an important and vital area of legal practice in the new economy."

One or two fellows will be appointed each year. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500. The first fellows are expected to be named this spring.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 34 Issue 4

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