Malone and Jacobs appointed clinical professors of law

Phil Malone and Wendy Jacobs ’81 have been appointed clinical professors of law, Dean Elena Kagan ’86 announced today. Both currently lecturers on law, Malone is the director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society’s Cyberlaw Clinic and Jacobs is director of the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.

“I am delighted that these two exceptional lawyers and teachers are joining our faculty,” said Kagan. “Wendy’s experience and expertise in environmental law, and Phil’s in cyberlaw, are second to none. Under their guidance, our students will see how practice connects to theory and how both can be used to solve some of the most important legal and policy issues of our time.”

Malone came to the Berkman Center in 2001 as a Victor H. Kramer Fellow. His research then focused on legal approaches to encouraging and preserving innovation in the technology industry and evolving competition policy in the computer industry. He became director of the Berkman Center’s Cyberlaw Clinic in 2004.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to deepen my clinical teaching and research here at Harvard Law School,” Malone said. “The Berkman Center’s Cyberlaw Clinic has become an outstanding program for students to gain intensive, first-hand experience representing clients in a broad spectrum of internet, new technology, and intellectual property cases and projects. I look forward to working with the wonderful group of scholars and students at HLS to continue to innovate and expand the reach and impact of the Clinic’s work.”

Prior to his work at HLS, Malone was a federal prosecutor with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than 20 years. During his tenure, he directed numerous civil and criminal antitrust investigations and prosecutions in cases involving the technology industry. From 1996 to 2002, Malone was the lead career counsel in the trial, appeal, settlement, and enforcement phases of the government’s antitrust case against Microsoft.

He holds a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law and an A.B. from Harvard College.

Jacobs came to HLS in 2007 after serving as a partner at Foley Hoag in Boston for 17 years. She worked almost exclusively on environmental matters, covering a variety of issues, including compliance counseling, handling of complex permit applications, drafting of legislation, administrative trials and appeals, environmental audits, and the development of corporate risk management and environmental protection policies. She also led the firm’s pro bono program, which was ranked first in the Boston area and 16th in the nation during her tenure.

“This appointment is the perfect finish to an extraordinary year for me,” said Jacobs. “I’ve had the privilege of working with an amazingly smart and dedicated group of HLS students on a variety of innovative and cutting-edge projects, and I look forward to creating more opportunities for students of all professional aspirations to sample environmental law or immerse themselves in it in the coming years. In this significant – if not perilous – time of climate change and awakening corporate social responsibility, having at least a working familiarity with environmental law is increasingly important for most lawyers – no matter their practice area.”

After earning her J.D. degree, Jacobs first worked as an appellate lawyer and special litigator in the environmental division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She then worked at a law firm in Seattle, handling First Amendment and commercial litigation cases. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Malone and Jacobs will join eight current clinical professors who have helped to significantly expand the school’s diverse clinical offerings.