James Grimmelmann is Professor of Law at Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School. He studies how the law governing the creation and use of computer software affects individual freedom and the distribution of wealth and power in society. As a lawyer and technologist, he helps these two groups understand each other by writing about copyright and digitization, the regulation of search engines, privacy on social networks, and other topics in computer and Internet law. He teaches courses in property, intellectual property, and Internet law.
Professor Grimmelmann is the author of the casebook Internet Law: Cases and Problems, now in its fifth edition, and of over forty scholarly articles and essays. He has written for Slate, Salon, Wired, Ars Technica, and Publishers Weekly. He is also a regular source of expert commentary for major news media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Grimmelmann served as a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He previously taught at New York Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to law school, he worked as a programmer for Microsoft. After graduation he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then as a Resident Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale.
J.D., Yale Law School, 2005
A.B., Harvard College, 1999