James Grimmelmann is currently Professor of Law at New York Law School and Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. In the fall of 2013, he will start as Professor of Law at the University of Maryland. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. in computer science from Harvard College. Prior to law school, he worked as a programmer for Microsoft. He has served as a Resident Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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 aims to help these two groups speak intelligibly to each other. He writes about copyright, search engines, privacy, and other topics in computer and Internet law. He is the author of the casebook Internet Law: Cases and Problems (Semaphore Press 2011). Other significant publications include Future Conduct and the Limits of Class-Action Settlements, 91, N.C. L. Rev. 387 (2013); Sealand, HavenCo, and the Rule of Law, 2012 U. Ill. L. Rev. 405; The Internet Is a Semicommons; 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2799 (2010); and Saving Facebook, 94 Iowa L. Rev. 1137 (2009). He and his students created the Public Index website to inform the public about the Google Books settlement, and he is a leading expert on the settlement and its implications.
He has been blogging since 2000 at the Laboratorium (http://laboratorium.net/). His home page is at http://james.grimmelmann.net/.