Software Freedom Law Center Appoints Two New Attorneys to Defend and Support Free and Open Source Software

October 31, 2005

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), today announced the appointment of two new attorneys. Karen M. Sandler and James Vasile have joined the SFLC and will apply their technology and legal experience to support FOSS projects, developers and vendors.

“I am delighted to welcome to the Software Freedom Law Center two extraordinary lawyers whose unique skills will benefit our clients and the free software community greatly”, said Eben Moglen, chair, Software Freedom Law Center. “Both Karen and James bring an already extensive background in technology and law and represent the foundation from which future generations of lawyers will address the increasing need for legal expertise applied to free and open source software”.

Karen M. Sandler comes to the SFLC after working 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.

James Vasile holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia Law School and 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.

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