The UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic is pleased to announce that Christina Gagnier has joined the Clinic as an adjunct professor. Professor Gagnier, who also previously taught privacy and security law at UCI Law, first began working with the Clinic in the spring semester of 2016. She will continue to assist the Clinic in its work with entrepreneurs and startups, and she will also supervise the Clinic’s work for non-profit organizations like Without My Consent and on issues concerning cyber exploitation.
“It has been my privilege as an alumna of UC Irvine to come back to the campus and work with students through the IPAT Clinic. Our work over the last semester has been at the intersection of law and technology, whether supporting innovators in emerging businesses around Southern California or providing much needed resources for victims of cyber exploitation. I look forward to continuing this work with Professor Lerner and the Clinic students.”
In addition to her work as an adjunct, Professor Gagnier currently leads the Internet, Intellectual Property & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP, with a specialization in social media, copyright and information privacy.
In her practice, Professor Gagnier consults technology companies on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as Network Neutrality. Her primary research concerns issues of cyber rights and the intersection of on and offline action. Her most recent academic publication, On Privacy: Liberty in the Digital Revolution, contains analysis of the impacts of our behavior online on society’s legal privacy rights.
Gagnier serves as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Cyber-Exploitation Task Force, and she is a subject matter expert on Cyber Exploitation to California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). In addition to her practice, Professer Gagnier frequently writes and speaks on cutting edge technology issues. She blogs in the Technology section of The Huffington Post, serves as the host for TechWire on the California Channel, and has been interviewed by MSNBC, The Atlantic, Politico, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, The San Jose Mercury News, The Verge, The Recorder, and The New York Times, among many others.
Gagnier earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
“Professor Gagnier’s experience at the cutting edge of technology law and her public-minded approach to the practice provides a wonderful complement to the work we do here in the IPAT Clinic,” said Professor Jack Lerner, who directs the Clinic. “We are delighted to welcome her to our team.”