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The Public Index is a project of the Public-Interest Book Search Initiative and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School.

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People

The Public Index is led by Professor James Grimmelmann. The student team consists of:

  • Benjamin Burge is a third-year student at New York Law School. He graduated from Fordham University in 2007 with a B.A. in history. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal at Cooper & Dunham in New York City. Ben is interested in the development of Books Rights Registry, as well as the privacy and potential for anti-trust violations set up by the proposed Registry. As a child of the age of Napster and free file sharing on the internet, Ben is interested in watching the Registry grow, seeing how it develops and establishes itself, and which side, if any, the Registry truly favors.

  • Brenna C. Drury is a third-year student at New York Law School with wide-ranging interests from Intellectual Property to Environmental Studies to Civil Rights.  She has a background in fine arts with a Bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Pittsburgh where she minored in French language and English literature and a Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico with a focus on contemporary Latin American art.  Prior to law school, she worked in a contemporary art gallery, and her strong visual arts background continues to inform her point of view.  Brenna’s avid interest in visual arts and the written language ignites her interest in the Google Books Settlement.  Interested in the future of books both physically and digitally, Brenna is interested in the privacy rights of readers and the interrelated rights of authors, publishers, photographers, artists, and illustrators on the web post-Settlement.

  • Leanne Gabinelli is a third-year student at New York Law School. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2008 with a B.S. in Communication Management and Design, with a focus on corporate communications. Leanne, who has worked on the Public Index Book Search Initiative since April 2009, brings a passion for synthesizing the law and technological communications to the project. A product of the dot com era, Leanne is especially fascinated with the future implications that the Google Book Search settlement will have on reading culture. She is also a passionate event planner, and she brought her organization, attention to detail, and prior event experience to the table in helping to coordinate the D is for Digitize conference.

  • Cynthia Grady is third-year law student New York Law School with a BS in Integrated Studies, Natural Science from George Mason University. She is interested the application of law to technology and technology to law. In particular, she is interested in how current laws are being applied to issues in cyberspace, First Amendment rights on the web, privacy, how classified information can remain secret in the digital world, and modern media/internet regulation policy.

  • Raphael Majma is a third year law student at New York Law School with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Raphael works as a Student Research Fellow at the Institute for Information Law and Policy and also works as a Contributing Editor for the school’s Video Game Law Blog, www.allyourlawarebelongtous.com. He was initially interested with the Google Books Settlement because of the far-reaching ramifications of the agreement. He is interested in the intersection between emerging technologies, the Internet, and how intellectual property is affected by and affects both. He hopes that during his time with the Public Index he is able to help open these complex issues easier to understand for the public.

  • Kristoff Grospe is second-year law student at New York Law School with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from New York University. Raised during the transition from analog to digital technology in the 80s and 90s, he is interested in technology and law. He is most interested in the changes taking place in the area of intellectual property as media and information formats become less tangible. He hopes his work with the Public Index helps others see the legal issues surrounding the Settlement.

  • David Berson is a second-year law student at New York Law School. He graduated from Boston College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies. David is an Associate of the Institute for Information Law and Policy and works closely with the faculty and students of the Institute. David comes to the Public Index Book Search Initiative with a passion for literature and the digitization of our world. In particular David is interested in the impact of the Settlement and its implications for the future of publishing.

  • Jessica Jacobowitz is a third-year student at New York Law School. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. She also minored in Women and Gender Studies. Prior to law school, she worked as an entertainment publicist’s assistant at Stan Rosenfield and Associates in her hometown of Los Angeles.  Jessica is an avid reader and is interested in seeing how any Google Books Settlement will affect access to books. She is also very interested in the entertainment industry and entertainment law and continues to “work in the business” as much as her law school schedule will allow.  Jessica is very curious to see how any settlement will play out in the entertainment world.  Let’s shake it up a bit.

  • Deva Roberts is a third-year student at New York Law School and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. Deva plans to focus her legal curriculum on Intellectual Property law in the media and entertainment fields. By aiding in the moderation the Public Index website, Deva hopes to ensure that everyone can debate and thus better understand the far-reaching ramifications of the proposed Settlement. She is most interested in researching how Google’s mass digitization of books will effect other companies’ ability to compete as well as the future cultural effects of the availability of whole texts of books online.

  • Drew Smith is a third-year student at New York Law School and associate in the school’s Institute for Information Law and Policy. He has advised small firms on Web 2.0 solutions, helped the New York City Department of Education to develop a cyberbullying policy, and is writing a paper on the effects of cloud computing on law practice. He is proud of the Public Index’s ability to encourage a healthy debate on the topics of ownership and privacy in the digital age.

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Alumni

  • Stephanie Figueroa graduated from New York Law School in 2010. She served as a Student Research Fellow at the Institute for Information Law and Policy, where she worked closely with the Institute faculty on IP research and publishing projects, including wiki-government initiatives, conflicts between human rights and IP rights, and open source movements. Stephanie’s particular fields of interest are copyright and trademark law, with a focus on their roles in the fashion industry.

  • Dominic Mauro graduated from New York Law School in 2010. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Buffalo State College in 2005. He’s keenly interested in technology and the law, and he brings two and a half decades of nerdiness to the Public Index Book Search Initiative. After law school, he hopes to work in public service and eventually become a law professor.

  • Marc Miller graduated from New York Law School in 2010. Marc was a Student Research Fellow at the Institute for Information Law and Policy and was also affiliated with the Institute as a John Marshall Harlan Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Vermont and prior to attending law school, he worked at Commercial Legal Software, Inc.

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Technical

The site is built using WordPress with the Acamas theme. The Public Index logo was designed by the Brew Collective and the site programming and design are by Agami Creative.

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Support

The Public Index is made possible by a grant from Microsoft.

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Policies

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Other Projects

D is for Digitize

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Contact

We welcome your feedback at booksearch@nyls.edu.

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