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GGU Law Expands Center for Intellectual Property & Privacy Law; Names New Privacy Program Co-Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2019 -- To continue Golden Gate University School of Law's leadership in the technology & intellectual property communities and reflecting the increasingly deep impact of Privacy Laws in everyday individual and business life, it has expanded its nationally recognized Intellectual Property Center to highlight the law school's growing strengths in this important field. The center will now be known as the Center for Intellectual Property and Privacy Law (CIPPL).

Golden Gate University School of Law Center for Intellectual Property and Privacy LawThe Center's Director, Professor William Gallagher, has also announced the appointment of two experienced privacy law lawyers and adjunct instructors in law to serve as Co-Directors of The GGU Privacy Law Program: Adam Sand, Chief Executive Officer of Shopkick, and Jessica Blazer, Senior Privacy Advisor at Fenwick & West LLP.

"We are very glad to have adjunct professors Adam Sand and Jessica Blazer serve as our Co-Directors of our enhanced Privacy Law Program. Both of these individuals bring deep expertise in many areas of the growing field of privacy law, including data privacy, health care privacy, genetic privacy, and more. They are helping the GGU Law increase its offerings of cutting-edge courses and symposia devoted to the fast-changing privacy law field. Professors Sand and Blazer also bring their expertise to launch the J.D. Privacy Law Specialization Certificate, which will help law students develop professional skills and contacts that can create opportunities for careers in privacy law and beyond," says Professor Gallagher.

Along with the world-renowned McCarthy Institute, the new Center for Intellectual Property and Privacy Law continues to build strong relationships with the IP, business, and technology communities around the globe. It also gives GGG Law students the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the competitive and growing areas of Privacy and IP Law.

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About the Co-Directors of the GGU Privacy Law Program

Adam Sand
Adam Sand

Chief Executive Officer
Shopkick

Adam became the CEO of Shopkick in May 2018, after serving as their VP of Business Development and General Counsel for over 3 years. Adam was the first lawyer at Shopkick, and he served as counsel to multiple corporate entities and boards. He directed the development of the intellectual property program, increasing the number of patents and additional intellectual property held by the Shopkick family of companies, and managed the disposal or settlement of IP and consumer legal actions. Simultaneously, he drafted and negotiated complex IP licensing agreements, including multi-million dollar sales and partnerships relating to mobile marketing, mobile commerce, and complex data usage.

Prior to joining Shopkick, Adam was Associate General Counsel at Ancestry.com, where he advised executive leadership and business teams regarding commercial deals, product development, privacy and regulatory matters, data policy, and corporate acquisitions. Notably, Adam helped to direct the successful launch of the international genetic testing service (AncestryDNA), and developed data access policies and practices, intellectual property program, and legal strategies regarding global products.

Adam's previous roles include representing companies such as Apple, AT&T, and Chevron, while working for the international law firms of Jones Day and Pillsbury Winthrop.

Jessica Blazer
Jessica Blazer

Senior Privacy Advisor
Fenwick & West LLP

Jessica Blazer became a Senior Privacy Advisor with the Privacy and Cybersecurity group at Fenwick & West after spending over 15 years in-house. In her current role, she leverages her experiences from across industries and organizations to advise on, create, and deliver privacy program building blocks to support compliance with relevant laws and to advance her client's privacy programs.

Immediately before joining Fenwick & West, Jessica served as Privacy Officer at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where she participated as a senior leader in the development of a nascent privacy office. Jessica provided strategy and foundation for the development of Teva's corporate privacy program.

Jessica's previous roles include Senior Regulatory Counsel at Ancestry.com. She focused on the launch of AncestryHealth.com and the international expansion of AncestryDNA; negotiated, drafted, and advised on all aspects of the first AncestryDNA license and research collaboration agreement; and developed and deployed privacy training across the organization. Her experience also includes serving in senior privacy roles in-house at Chevron, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Aetna, as well in New York-based law firms Moses & Singer LLP and Tenzer Greenblatt LLP (now the New York office of Blank Rome LLP).