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Jason Goldman, Twitter Co-founder, Highlights 2012 Fenwick & West Symposium

Connect! Social Media as a Platform for Innovation and Collaboration

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jason Goldman, a co-founder of Twitter, highlights a list of online business leaders, legal scholars and practitioners, and industry experts  set to explore issues surrounding social media, privacy, intellectual property rights, and host liability in the 2012 Fenwick & West Lecture Series in Technology, Entrepreneurship, Science, and Law (TESLaw) on February 3 at UC Davis School of Law.

"Connect! Social Media as a Platform for Innovation and Collaboration" will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom.  All panel discussions are free and open to the public.  Admittance to the keynote luncheon is $25 per person, $15 for students.  (Please RSVP to reserve space.)  MCLE credits available.

Goldman, who holds a degree in astrophysics from Princeton, led product development for Blogger at Google from 2003-06 before leaving to help develop Twitter, the social networking and microblogging service.  He is widely credited with facilitating the rapid growth of the company, which by some estimates now has more than 300 million users.  He left Twitter in December 2010, and last year helped to re-launch the Obvious Corporation, a company created to assist internet startups with the potential to "help people work together to improve the world," and also invested in Qrank, a social media trivia game platform.

In addition to opening remarks from Dean Kevin R. Johnson and David Bell of Fenwick & West, the symposium will include the following panel discussions:

  • "Privacy amidst Social Networks" featuring Ahmed Baladi, Partner, Allen & Overy; Jishnu Menon, Counsel, Mozilla Foundation; William McGeveran, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School; and Joanne McNabb, Chief, California Office of Privacy Protection;
  • "Content, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Host Liability" with Anupam Chander, Professor, UC Davis School of Law and Director, California International Law and Policy Center at King Hall; Eric Goldman, Associate Professor, Santa Clara Law, Santa Clara University; and Jennifer Stanley, Associate, Fenwick & West;
  • "Will All Business Be Social?" featuring Mario Biagioli, Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law and Director, UC Davis Center for Science and Innovation Studies; John Lilly, Partner, Greylock Partners; Dan Rosensweig, President and CEO, Chegg and former CEO of Guitar Hero, former COO of Yahoo, and former President of CNET; Jim Scheinman, Founder and CEO, Maven Ventures; and Ted Wang, Partner, Fenwick & West.

To view the full event program, click here.

"Connect! Social Media as a Platform for Innovation and Collaboration" is part of the TESLaw Lecture Series sponsored by Fenwick & West, a five-year program of annual symposiums focused on providing practitioners, academics, and students with the knowledge base to successfully address the challenges that are inherent to computing, digital communications, social media, "clean" technology, and life sciences and biotechnology markets of the 21st century.

Established in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1972, Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life-sciences clients of national and international prominence. A full-service law firm, Fenwick & West has leading practices in mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, venture capital financing, intellectual property prosecution and counseling, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, tax planning, and tax litigation. More than 275 attorneys work with a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, from the firm's offices in Mountain View, San Francisco, Seattle, and Boise.