Staff

Eben Moglen | President and Executive Director

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Professor of Law, Columbia Law School. Founder, Software Freedom Law Center.

Professor Moglen began building software as a professional programmer at age 13. He worked as a designer of advanced computer programming languages at IBM from 1979 to 1985. In 1991, he represented Philip Zimmerman, the developer of PGP ("Pretty Good Privacy"), threatened with prosecution by the US government for making strong encryption free software that everyone could use. In 1993, he joined forces with Richard M Stallman to provide world-class legal representation and expertise to the free software movement. With RMS, he conceived, wrote, and created a public process for discussion and adoption of GPLv3, the current version of the world's most widely-used free software license.

In addition to his work with free software developers, Professor Moglen has advised major IT companies and national governments around the world. In 2010, he testified before the European Commission on the FOSS consequences of Oracle Corporation's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, and before the US Congress on Internet privacy and consumer protection. He has appeared numerous times on software- and privacy-related issues as amicus curiae before the US Supreme Court.

Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and his law degree at Yale University. 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.

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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 forces with SFLC in 2006, she practiced as a High Court and Supreme Court litigator in New Delhi.

At SFLC, Mishi is the primary legal representative of many of the world's most significant free software developers and non-profit distributors, including Debian, the Apache Software Foundation, and OpenSSL.

In 2010, she founded SFLC.in, since which time she has divided her time between New York and New Delhi. Under her direction, SFLC.in has become the premier non-profit organization representing the rights of Internet users and free software developers in India.

As of 2015, Mishi is the only lawyer in the world simultaneously to appear on briefs in the US and Indian Supreme Courts in the same Term. She consults with and advises established businesses and startups using free software in their products and service offerings in the US, Europe, India, China and Korea. In 2015 she was named one of the Asia Society's 21 young leaders building Asia's future.

In addition to an LLM, she has an LLB degree and a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Delhi. 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.

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Jonathan D. Bean | Counsel

Jonathan D. Bean (J.D.) holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law where he was the Senior Articles Editor of the NYU Journal of Law and Liberty. He also has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from The George Washington University where he graduated magna cum laude. Prior to serving as Counsel for the Software Freedom Law Center, he spent the summer of 2011 as a Legal Intern at SFLC joining the organization in 2012 as an Attorney Fellow. J.D. is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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Marc Jones | Counsel

Marc Jones graduated summa cum laude with a Juris Doctor (JD) from Quinnipiac University School of Law where he was the Research and Symposium Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. Marc also has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University Connecticut. Prior to joining SFLC as Counsel, he was an Attorney Fellow at SFLC. Before graduating from law school, he had acquired over a decade of experience as an IT Systems Architect at a top ranked public research university where he focused on infrastructure design and security. He is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the State of New York.

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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.

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Mark Drake | Executive Assistant

Mark graduated from Michigan State University in the spring of 2012 following his studies in History and Economics. Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles at different organizations, most recently as a Production Assistant for various film and television productions throughout New York City. He is excited to join the SFLC team as the Executive Assistant and to become more involved in the free software movement.

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Daniel Gnoutcheff | Systems Administrator

Daniel is a student of mathematics and a enthusiast of free culture who joined the SFLC in the spring of 2015 after finally succumbing to his love of computing. Determined to bring software freedom into the reach of everyone he knows, he has committed a string of drive-by contributions to a variety of FLOSS projects, including a Google Summer of Code stint for NetworkManager. He possesses a Bachelors in mathematics and computer science from Union College (Schenectady, NY), having graduated in the summer of 2013.

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Directors

Mark Webbink | Chairman

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.

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

Ms. Peters is General Counsel for Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing the public with free legal tools to enable sharing and use of creative content. Prior to working with Creative Commons, Ms. Peters was 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. Ms. Peters has also 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 and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law, 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.