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William McGeveran

Associate Professor and Lampert Fesler Research Fellow
Affiliated Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Professor William McGeveran specializes in information law, including intellectual property, data privacy, communications and technology, and free speech. His current research focuses on legal and other rules governing digital identity and data privacy, ranging from online impersonation to celebrities’ rights over their images to the privacy features of Facebook and other social networks. Additional areas of research include rights to use trademarks for communicative purposes such as parody or comparative advertising, and the tension between transparency and privacy in regimes areas such as election regulation or open records laws. He teaches Data Privacy, Trademark, Civil Procedure I and II, and Law in Practice.

Professor McGeveran earned a JD, magna cum laude, from New York University and a BA, magna cum laude, in political science from Carleton College. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Professor McGeveran was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He previously clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced as an intellectual property litigator at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. Before law school, Professor McGeveran worked in national politics for seven years, primarily as a policy aide to Democrats in the United States House of Representatives. He grew up in New York City.


  • Internet privacy policy
  • Online identity and impersonation
  • Trademark law and the digital expression of brands
  • Terms of service and the Internet's affect on jurisdiction