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Attorney, Artificial Intelligence & Research, Microsoft Corp., Bellevue, Washington

https://jobsbeta.microsoft.com/us/en/job/326835/Attorney

Microsoft Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) has an immediate opening for a dynamic, motivated and inquisitive attorney to support a new team focused on Artificial Intelligence solutions for our enterprise customers in the Artificial Intelligence & Research group. Come join the legal group helping support a team from the ground up as they help our customers digitally transform their businesses through the power of AI.

Responsibilities

  • Grow our AI business. Business AI is focused on helping our customers grow their businesses with accelerators, solutions, and practices to empower their organizations with AI. This role provides frontline support for various early stage groups building the next amazing technologies our engineers dream up.
  • Provide top notch legal advice. Each day may bring something different to your calendar during the product lifecycle – from whiteboarding with engineers about ways an algorithm works to ensure we're addressing legal risks regarding data usage, collaborating with business and finance teams to ensure new business models are accurately developed and described in our contracts, to working on guidance to help our products comply with complex industry-specific regulations. The role will expose you to a wide range of internal experts on issues such as engineering and product development, privacy, security, compliance, marketing, ethics, public relations, finance, business development, product management and other legal colleagues.
  • Be a trusted advisor to executives. This position serves as a trusted advisor and counselor to the Business AI clients and helps them make important decisions managing legal, public relations, ethics, policy and regulatory risks in a cloudy regulatory environment.
  • Be a great teammate. We're looking for a great collaborator who embraces a growth mindset and supports a positive and diverse team culture that values listening, creativity, humility, humor, candor, trust, and fun hard work. You should learn from both successes and failures and find ways to help the team succeed overall.

Qualifications

  • Intense curiosity. The technologies we deal with—artificial intelligence, machine learning, and enterprise services—change rapidly. Our business and engineering teams are at the cutting edge of critical issues like privacy, intellectual property, ethics, product liability, compliance and regulatory matters. You'll be asked to learn about the legal and business issues impacting these teams as well as support our related policy, public relations, and government affairs teams.
  • Passion for technology. If you love diving deep into new businesses, identifying novel ways technology can positively impact society, or breaking down the elements of machine learning, this role is for you. You don't need an undergraduate engineering degree to do well – we learn everyday about the latest relevant technology while advising the business and engineering teams.
  • Legal creativity. This is an area of practice where long-standing precedents often do not exist, and lawyers are constantly challenged to apply legal principles to new scenarios. You'll have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the company and our outside counsel to develop best practices and solutions to thorny issues in areas like privacy or new business models. Learning the industry and appreciating the broader ecosystem is an important part of this role.
  • Experience: Successful candidates will have at least four years of relevant experience with intellectual property and privacy issues (e.g., data usage, copyright, etc.), tech transactions (e.g., IP licenses), and complex commercial agreements (e.g., partnerships or distribution agreements). Having experience in some of the following areas will be valuable: product counseling, legal risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, policy support, and/or related issues. We welcome the diversity of thought and perspectives your prior legal and non-legal experiences will bring to this role. Prior work in-house or as outside counsel to enterprise online services is a bonus, but is not required. Prior work in a start up business environment, working with complex technologies especially artificial intelligence, or supporting the development and launch of cloud technologies is a major plus.
  • Strong Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Proven communication excellence with ability to provide clear, correct and concise written and oral advice in a business context is a must for this position. You'll be asked to establish trusted-advisor relationships with business leaders in key positions of responsibility, and to work effectively and collegially with legal department teammates and all business support functions.
  • Decision Making in a Fast-Paced, Dynamic and Sometimes Ambiguous Environment: This position requires skills and capabilities to engage effectively with many internal stakeholders across a diversity of disciplines and areas of expertise. The successful candidate must have a strong desire to navigate through ambiguity, assess and mitigate risk, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, and, most importantly, the ability and willingness to make tough and sound decisions promptly.
  • Company Values: You must be committed to Microsoft's core values, including a commitment to high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity and advancing our company's accessibility, and diversity & inclusion goals.
  • Education: A J.D. or similar degree in law. Must be licensed to practice or have a bar membership in any state within the US.

Posted October 18, 2017


Senior Attorney, Copyright and Trade Secrets, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Washington

https://jobsbeta.microsoft.com/us/en/job/333614/Senior-Attorney-Copyright-and-Trade-Secrets

The Intellectual Property Policy & Strategy team in Microsoft's Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs (CELA) division has a rare and immediate opening for an experienced intellectual property attorney to help counsel and shape Microsoft's products and services, as well as its strategy and engagement on a wide variety of cutting-edge IP policy issues, with a focus on copyright and trade secret issues both in the United States and throughout the world.

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities for this position include

  • Counseling Microsoft's diverse business groups on copyright, trade secret, and related intermediary liability matters that impact its products and services, and creating scalable and practical solutions to help Microsoft achieve its business and legal objectives.
  • Leveraging established copyright expertise to provide internal and external thought leadership on copyright and intellectual property issues of strategic importance to Microsoft, based on a thorough understanding on the competitive, policy and legal landscape in the software, Internet and technology industries.
  • Engaging with policymakers, academics, commentators, reporters and other influential voices on copyright and intellectual property issues in a productive manner that improves the IP systems to the benefit of Microsoft and its customers, the technology industry, and the public.
  • Working closely with CELA colleagues in government affairs, litigation, business counseling, worldwide sales and other groups to develop effective engagement on IP Policy issues of strategic importance to the company, including amicus briefs in leading cases, pending legislation, regulatory proceedings, industry coalitions and special projects.

The mix and balance among these responsibilities is anticipated to shift over time.

Qualifications

We are looking for a stellar attorney with:

  • A J.D. and excellent academic credentials.
  • A minimum of 8+ years as a practicing attorney, specializing in intellectual property law with extensive US and international experience counseling on copyright, trade secret, and intermediary liability issues impacting products and online services, developing IP policy and strategy, and reviewing legislation and strategic litigation. Significant in-house experience is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong public speaking experience in front of expert audiences.
  • Recognized expertise among external audiences in copyright or intellectual property areas relevant to Microsoft and the technology industry.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across groups with a sense of urgency, including the ability to influence without formal authority.
  • A keen business sense, the skills to find creative solutions to legal issues, and the ability to effectively balance legal risks against business interests.
  • Outstanding organizational and analytical skills.
  • Innate bias for action and driving client-focused results.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and prioritize key deliverables.
  • Ability to work efficiently and balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team, and possessing the ability to lead, manage and motivate others.
  • Desire and ability to interact effectively with a variety of personalities across diverse internal groups, teams, divisions, and cultures.
  • Experience and passion for internet, software and technology-related issues, and the curiosity and drive to learn about emerging technologies, products, and services.

The above description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. The actual duties, responsibilities and qualifications may vary. Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports workforce diversity.

Posted October 18, 2017


Assistant Director, Documentary Film Legal Clinic, UCLA School of Law

UCLA School of Law is seeking a highly energetic and motivated individual with significant media and intellectual property experience to serve as the Assistant Director for the new Documentary Film Legal Clinic (Clinic) at the UCLA School of Law, scheduled to launch in January 2018. The Assistant Director will manage all aspects of the Program under the supervision of the Director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinic (“Director”). The Assistant Director will collaborate closely with the Director and other administrators and faculty to develop clinical, experiential, and pro bono opportunities within the Clinic that ensure students receive high-quality educational experiences, and may also take responsibility for additional co-curricular engagements around legal issues related to the production and distribution of documentary films.

The Assistant Director will work with the Director to teach an in-house Documentary Film Legal Clinic in close consultation with faculty and administrators in the Law School’s Experiential Education Program. The Assistant Director will share pedagogic responsibility for the doctrinal and clinical components of the teaching with the Director, and will supervise and advise students in the Clinic in their case-work. The Assistant Director will also engage in building client relationships and in outreach to new and prospective clients, as well as outreach to establish the position of the Clinic in the industry and among independent documentary filmmakers. As needed, the Assistant Director will act as a case manager for the Clinic, serving as the attorney of record, and managing matters carried out under the auspices of the Clinic, including at those times when the Law School is not in session. Accordingly, the Assistant Director is expected to have professional and academic qualifications that are similar to those of other academic appointees at the school, including a J.D. and substantial, successful and relevant media law and intellectual property law expertise and/or legal practice experience.

UCLA School of Law, through the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology, and Sports Law and other programs, offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive, advanced and innovative approaches to the study of entertainment, media, and intellectual property law. UCLA is home to many leading scholars, alums and practitioners in these subjects and our programs, location and faculty therefore draw a student body with a strong interest in media, entertainment and intellectual property. The Assistant Director will have the opportunity to join other leaders in these fields and in the documentary film community on the UCLA campus as well as in the Los Angeles and national communities.

The ideal candidate will have significant legal experience in media, entertainment and/or intellectual property law as well as some prior teaching experience in related fields. Previous experience teaching in a law school clinical setting is also desirable but not required. Candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, plus admission to the California Bar or willingness to sit for the California Bar. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, academic, year-round, non-tenure track position. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; and http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.)

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Thursday, November 30, 2017 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03348 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and addresses for at least three professional references.

Posted October 18, 2017


Assistant/Associate Professor in Media Law, School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is searching for an outstanding assistant or associate professor to conduct research and teach in its internationally renowned media law and policy program. The program includes faculty who teach law to undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. students. There also are also dual-degree (M.A./J.D.; Ph.D./J.D.) programs and a vibrant media law center, both collaborations with the UNC School of Law. This is a tenure-track or tenured position. If tenure is proposed for the selected candidate the review for tenure would occur prior to the appointment.

Duties

Conduct significant research in media law and policy. Teach two courses per semester, including undergraduate media law and ethics classes. Also, share the teaching of graduate media law courses and a law class that is part of the curriculum of the School's online master's degree in communication and technology. Participate in and contribute to the activities of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. Advise undergraduates and graduate student theses and dissertations, and carry out appropriate service.

Educational Requirements

Ph.D., J.D., or equivalent. ABD candidates who are very close to completion of their dissertations also will be considered.

Qualifications and Experience

Evidence of research excellence is required. Research focused on the law and emerging technologies, digital media in the context of intellectual property, privacy, surveillance, and regulation, or contemporary issues relating to press and expressive freedom are strongly preferred. However, other areas of interest and specialization will be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit:

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Examples of scholarly work (other document)
  • Other materials reflecting scholarly and teaching excellence (other document 2)
  • The names and contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be required to submit 4 letters of recommendation.

Click to apply.

Posted October 18, 2017


Business & Legal Affairs Position, ITV, Los Angeles

ITV America is the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in America through its production companies Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Loud TV, Outpost Entertainment, High Noon Entertainment, Gurney Productions, Thinkfactory Media, and ITV Entertainment.  ITV America produces leading content including Hell’s Kitchen, Pawn Stars, Fixer Upper, and Real Housewives of NJ.

Based in ITV’s LA office this role will report to the General Counsel/EVP of Business and Legal Affairs and will support the west coast division of ITV America as well as the whole of ITV America as needed.  Title for this position will be commensurate with experience.

RESPONSIBLITIES

  • To provide business and legal affairs support for the west coast operations of ITV America and the company as a whole.  This position if for both Legal and Business Affairs.
  • Manage day-to-day legal issues as directed by the General Counsel
  • Collaborate with fellow in-house counsel in LA and NY on any production related issues
  • Mentor in-house Production Management teams on common legal related issues pertaining to releases/clearance (Location, Appearance, Third-Party Materials), copyright infringements, Fair Use, etc.
  • Drafting, negotiating and concluding agreements anticipated above with regular direction from the NY office head of Business Affairs
  • Draft and prioritize talent agreements, co-production agreements and ancillary revenue agreements with in-house counsel and the Business Affairs team

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 6 years legal experience with television/digital production either in-house, at a network or law firm.
  • Licensed to practice in CA or NY or applicable in-house certification.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment and an ability to grasp new areas quickly and rise to a challenge.  Must demonstrate an ability to collaborate with talent, executives and attorneys alike.
  • Effective communicator, both written and verbal.
  • Enjoy working in a fast paced environment with a wide variety of people and personalities.
  • Ability to quickly establish excellent and trusted working relationships both within and outside the company.
  • For more information on ITV America, please visit us at itv-america.com.

For consideration, please send resumes to Human Resources at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject: B&LA Position.

Posted October 16, 2017 


Public Records Advocate, Salem OR

The State of Oregon has created a new, independent Office of the Public Records Advocate with a two-year budget of $633,000.  

The duties of the Public Records Advocate are to mediate records disputes, to train agencies and local governments in their obligations of transparency, and to issue periodic reports on how well public bodies are complying with the law.

An applicant for the job of Public Records Advocate MUST HAVE a law degree, and the application deadline is fast approaching: October 15.

This is a huge opportunity for someone who wants to build a state institution that can last and do good work. The person selected serves a four-year term and can only be removed for cause. The job is in Salem, the state capital, but many government employees live in the Portland suburbs and commute 30-45 minutes.

Click for full job description and application.

Posted October 6, 2017


Attorney, WNET, New York

WNET seeks an attorney to join its in-house Legal Department.  The selected individual will manage program business and legal affairs for WNET and its production subsidiaries in connection with acquisition, production, pre-broadcast review and distribution of public television programs in all media.

Specific responsibilities will include negotiating and drafting agreements concerning various aspects of WNET’s business, including the acquisition, co-production and distribution of public television programs; conducting pre-broadcast review and advising producers regarding news gathering activities in connection with news, documentary and current affairs programming;  counseling in-house clients (including producers, underwriting and marketing directors, business units and Senior Management) with respect to FCC regulations/communications law, copyright and trademark, employment law, corporate & non-profit law and other general matters.

Required Skills

  • A JD and be admitted to the New York Bar;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in deal structuring, negotiating and drafting contracts;
  • One or more of the following skill sets: First Amendment and newsgathering law; communications law/FCC regulations and procedures, copyright/trademark and non-profit law;
  • Excellent writing, communication, research and organizational skills;
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness in working effectively on multiple projects;
  • Ability to succeed in a deadline-driven environment; strong attention to detail, follow-through, and organization.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Posted October 5, 2017


Deputy General Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an experienced, collaborative, and forward-thinking Deputy General Counsel to join us in seeking to make the world’s knowledge accessible to all. The Foundation is the nonprofit that supports Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular and beloved sites, as well as a diverse, global community of volunteer editors, developers, and affiliate organizations. The Deputy Counsel will support the General Counsel in leading the organization’s legal department. In addition to providing legal services, the legal department’s proactive litigation, education, and public policy work advances the Foundation’s mission in areas including freedom of expression and access to knowledge.

The Deputy General Counsel will be a hands-on leader with management experience, who will help to oversee and develop a highly talented and collaborative team of 9 lawyers and 2 paralegals, along with a number of fellows and interns. The Deputy Counsel will also work closely with the executive team and other key Foundation leaders across departments and functions.

We are looking for expertise and experience covering a range of legal topics relevant to our work, with a particular focus on advising consumer-facing internet/digital companies and the ability to oversee our technology transactions and product counseling.

Description

  • Advise the General Counsel and executive leadership team.
  • Work collaboratively with the General Counsel and legal department staff members to define a strategy for the legal department within the Foundation and Wikimedia movement. Help set priorities and build the infrastructure to deliver on that strategy.
  • Work with the General Counsel to develop and lead a strong, diverse, and collaborative team serving Foundation administrative needs, programmatic goals, and the Wikimedia movement:
    • Oversee the work of various workflows and manage assigned lawyers; mentor junior staff. 
  • Provide strong transactional support and product counseling for engineers/technologists; this will include direct counseling, as well as negotiation and drafting of complex commercial, technology, open source, mobile, and other agreements.
  • Provide advice and counsel on other areas of the law, which, depending upon our needs and your experience, may include domestic and international copyright law, licensing, litigation strategy, employment, freedom of expression and access, or privacy/security.
  • Be an effective and clear communicator on relevant legal topics and developments for Foundation staff, affiliated organizations, and users, editors, and developers globally.

Requirements

  •  7+ years experience practicing law and advising a digital technology or internet company (e.g., as in-house counsel), preferably consumer-facing and with global reach. 
  • Significant experience in product counseling and the negotiation and drafting of commercial, technology, and other types of agreements relevant to a web-based company.
  • Significant management experience.
  • Comfortable in a highly collaborative, multi-cultural, transparent environment.
  • Ability to assess and manage serious risks.
  • Mission-driven with a public service orientation and high personal integrity.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, a free and open internet, to the open source and free culture movements, and to Wikimedia’s mission.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication skills; fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Able to prioritize and adhere to deadlines, complete projects independently and manage costs and budgets in a busy environment.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed, including attendance and speaking at conferences.
  • Licensed or eligible to practice law in California or immediately able to apply to become registered in-house counsel.
  • J.D. from accredited U.S. law school or equivalent foreign degree with significant U.S. legal experience.

Pluses

  • Interest in public policy.
  • Experience working with free culture or free software principles and values.
  • Experience in international law, particularly: copyright, privacy, freedom of expression.
  • Experience living or working outside of home country.
  • Fluency/proficiency in language(s) other than English.
  • Active participation as a Wikimedia volunteer.
  • Experience with large, online user communities.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Posted September 13, 2017


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The Litigation Group of the NBCUniversal Law Department seeks a recent law school graduate for a full-time one-year clerkship in New York beginning in August. The group represents and advises NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital businesses. We have a wide-ranging case load that includes First Amendment and other media issues, intellectual property, cybersecurity, employment and general commercial matters. We handle much of our litigation in-house and operate much like a small, busy law firm that happens to work on some of the most interesting legal issues in media. Our clerk can expect brief-writing, legal research, fact-gathering, and helping to prepare for court hearings, arbitrations and depositions. As the year goes on, our clerk may take broader responsibility in smaller matters, under the supervision of the experienced litigators in the group. We seek a candidate with strong writing skills, an excellent academic record, significant legal research experience, and demonstrated interest in litigation and the media industry. Journal or moot court experience is a plus. The position is located at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
 
Compensation is $27/hour for 40 hours per week.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire term of the clerkship. Please submit résumé and cover letter by June 10, 2016, by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We expect to begin interviewing candidates in mid-June and to extend an offer by early July. No telephone calls or hard-copy applications, please.
 
 
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