Staff

Eben Moglen | Director-Counsel

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Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School. Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society. Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.

Mishi Choudhary | Legal Director

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Mishi Choudhary is working with SFLC following the completion of her fellowship during which she earned her LLM from Columbia Law School and was a Stone Scholar. Prior to joining SFLC, Mishi was a litigator in different chambers in India with areas of practice covering Corporate and Commercial Law, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Property Law, Information Technology Law, Trademarks and Copyrights, Constitutional and Administrative Law. Mishi will be the founding director of SFLC India, pursuant to a grant to SFLC by the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute. In addition to her LLM, she has an LLB degree and a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Delhi, India. Mishi is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts in India, in the State of New York, and before the Southern District of New York.

Jonathan D. Bean | Counsel

Jonathan D. Bean holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law where he served as the senior articles editor for the NYU Journal of Law and Liberty. Prior to serving as Counsel for the Software Freedom Law Center, J.D. spent the summer of 2011 as a Legal Intern at SFLC joining the organization in 2012 as a Legal Fellow. J.D. graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science. J.D. is admited to practice in the State of New York.

Karen M. Sandler | Of Counsel

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Karen M. Sandler served as counsel for SFLC from 2005 until 2011 and as SFLC's General Counsel from 2010 until 2011. In 2011, Sandler left SFLC to serve as Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, but continues to provide pro bono assistance to SFLC's clients and to serve as SFLC's Treasurer. Prior to working at SFLC, she worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Sandler received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Sandler received her bachelor's degree in engineering from The Cooper Union. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York. She is also an officer of the Software Freedom Conservancy.

James Vasile | Of Counsel

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James Vasile holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the law review and a Stone Scholar. He also has a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Fordham University. He spent several years in the litigation department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he worked on a range of cases and dealt with a variety of new media issues. Vasile has also contributed code and documentation to numerous FOSS software projects. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Clint Adams | Chief Technology Officer

Clint Adams joined the SFLC in 2010 after a variety of odd jobs. He holds a bachelor's in Intercultural Studies, and nearly 15 years of experience developing Free Software. He loves Debian, GNU, zsh, and Haskell. Clint also serves on the SPI Board of Directors.

Tanisha Madrid-Batista | Business Manager

Prior to serving as Business Manager for the Software Freedom Law Center, Tanisha Madrid-Batista worked as Coordinator to the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School. She holds a Master of Science degree in Information and Digital Resource Management from Columbia University. She also has a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia College. She has a strong interest in improving techniques for digital asset management to effectively leverage and transfer knowledge within organizations, an interest she pursues as Executive Director of the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation.

Ian Sullivan | Executive Secretary

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Ian Sullivan joined SFLC in 2005 after working as a paralegal. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Columbia College. In addition to his work with SFLC, Ian is the Executive Director of the Wikiotics Foundation, an educational non-profit that builds free software for language instruction. He also serves on the board of the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation. His personal blog is available at churchkey.org.

Directors

Eben Moglen | Chairman

See above under Staff.

Philippe Aigrain | Director

Mr. Aigrain is the Founder and CEO of Sopinspace, Society for Public Information Spaces, a company that develops free software and provides services for the public debate of policy issues. Trained as a mathematician and computer scientist, he researched technology for empowering people to access and analyze photographs, video, and music. Before founding Sopinspace, he was head of the "Software technology and society" sector within the European Commission Information Society general directorate where he was in charge of actions related to FOSS. Alongside his professional activities, he is active within international coalitions for the reform of norms and agencies that deal with intellectual rights. In addition to his technical papers, Mr. Aigrain has published a number of texts on the sociology of information exchanges and the political philosophy of intellectual rights.

Diane M. Peters | Director

Legal counsel to the Mozilla Corporation and the Mozilla Foundation, a non profit public benefit corporation dedicated to preserving innovation and openness on the internet through the development of open source software, including the Firefox web browser. Prior to working with Mozilla, Ms. Peters served as General Counsel to Open Source Development Labs, a non profit trade association supporting development of the Linux kernel and adoption of the Gnu/Linux operating system. Ms. Peters earned a B.A. in political science from Grinnell College in 1986, and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1989, where she served as an executive editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly. After law school, Ms. Peters clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago.

Mark Webbink | Director

Mark Webbink served at Red Hat, the premiere Linux and open source vendor, as its first general counsel beginning in 2000. In 2004, he became Red Hat's deputy general counsel for intellectual property, a position he served in until his retirement in August 2007. During his tenure with Red Hat, Webbink wrote and spoke extensively on the subjects of open source software, software patents, and patent reform. Webbink is a Senior Lecturing Fellow with the Duke University School of Law and consults with open source companies on their business strategies. He holds a BA from Purdue University as well as a Master of Public Administration and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.