The Catholic University of America
Journal of Law & Technology Spring Symposium - Registration

2018 Journal of Law & Technology Spring Symposium:
Repeal of The Open Internet Order of 2015:
A Discussion on A Dynamic Internet and the Legal Road Ahead.

Keynote Speaker
Brendan Carr,
Commissioner of the FCC

Friday, March 16, 2018
4:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

Columbus School of Law
3600 John McCormack Rd NE
Washington, DC  20064

The Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology (JLT), formerly known as the
CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy, vol. 1 (1993) - vol. 26, (2018)
is celebrating 25 years of publishing thoughtful, timely, and useful articles that discuss recent
developments in communications law, information privacy law, and intellectual property law.

A short walk from the CUA Brookland Station on Metro's Red Line and
parking is available in the law school garage, which is attached to the law school building. 

Please fill out the form below and click "submit" to register for this event.

 Speaker & Panelists Bios

Brendan Carr '05

Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017. Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy. Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency's jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters. Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm's appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies.


Kathleen Q. Abernathy '83
Ms. Abernathy returned to Wilkinson Barker Knauer bringing years of top-level government and corporate experience. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Frontier Communications as an independent director in 2006 following her term as a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission from 2001 to 2005. In 2010 she joined the company as Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs. She was on the leadership team that oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions that eventually grew Frontier to a Fortune 250 company. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of ISO New England, serving in that capacity since 2012. Prior to her term as an FCC Commissioner, Ms. Abernathy worked for a number of different telecommunications companies and law firms. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her professional accomplishments and has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Education: J.D., Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, 1983.  


Doug Brake
Doug Brake is director of telecommunications policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He specializes in broadband policy, wireless enforcement, and spectrum-sharing mechanisms. He previously served as a research assistant at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado, where he sought to improve policy surrounding wireless enforcement, interference limits, and gigabit network deployment. Prior to that, he served as a Hatfield scholar at the Federal Communications Commission, assisting with the implementation of the advanced communications services section of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Brake holds a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.


Hal Singer
In addition to being a senior fellow at the GW Regulatory Studies Center, Hal Singer is a principal at Economists Incorporated and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Dr. Singer is the co-author of the e-book The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press 2013), and the book Broadband in Europe: How Brussels Can Wire the Information Society (Kluwer/Springer Press 2005). He has testified before federal and state courts in antitrust matters, and before House and Senate subcommittees on regulatory matters. In agency reports and orders, Dr. Singer’s writings have been cited by the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice. He is a frequent speaker and editorial writer, and his essays have appeared in several leading newspapers and magazines, including Antitrust, The Antitrust Source, Forbes, The Economist's Voice, Harvard Business Review, Health Affairs, Milken Institute Review, Regulation, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Gigi Sohn
Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Mozilla Technology Policy Fellow. She just completed a year as an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow. Gigi is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For nearly thirty years, Gigi has worked across the country to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy.

Most recently, Gigi was Counselor to the former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler. From 2013 to 2016, advised the Chairman on a wide range of Internet, telecommunications and media issues, representing the Chairman and the FCC in a variety of public forums around the country as well as serving as the primary liaison between the Chairman’s office and outside stakeholders. Singled out by Chairman Wheeler as “the conscience of the Chairman’s office” for her tireless advocacy on behalf of American consumers and competition, Gigi was named by the Daily Dot in 2015 as one of the “Heroes Who Saved the Internet” in recognition of her role in the FCC’s adoption of the strongest-ever Network Neutrality rules.

For twelve years, from 2001-2013, Gigi served as the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge, the leading communications policy advocacy organization serving the interests of consumers in Washington. She was previously a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and Executive Director of the Media Access Project, the first public interest law firm in the communications space.

Gigi is a frequent presence at conferences, meetings and other public forums across the country, as well as local and national media. She has held academic positions at the University of Colorado Law School, the University of Southern California Annenberg Center, the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law Graduate Studies Program, Georgetown University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. The Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Gigi one of its Internet Pioneer Awards in 2006 and in 2011, the Nonprofit Times named Gigi one of its Power & Influence Top 50 non-profit executives. In 2014, Gigi was honored with the Broadband Hero Award by OneCommunity, and in 2016, the National Champion for Local Internet Choice” by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice. Gigi holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

2018 Journal of Law & Technology Symposium Schedule

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Introduction by EIC

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker, 
Brendan Carr '05

5:15 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
Questions for the 
Keynote Speaker

5:25 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. 
Coffee/ Snack Break 

5:40 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.
Panel of Speakers 
moderated by 
Professor Chris Savage

Panelist speakers: 
Kathleen Abernathy '83 
Doug Brake
Chris Lewis
Hal Singer
Gigi Sohn

6:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Questions for the panelists

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reception in the Atrium