David S. Levine, associate professor of law
(336) 279-9200 / dlevine3@elon.edu

David S. Levine

David S. Levine is an Associate Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School (CIS). He is a 2014-2015 Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). He is also the founder and host of Hearsay Culture on KZSU-FM (Stanford University), an information policy, intellectual property law and technology talk show for which he has recorded over 200 interviews since May 2006. Hearsay Culture was named as a top five podcast in the ABA's Blawg 100 of 2008 and can be found at http://hearsayculture.com. His scholarship, which has been published in several law reviews including Florida, North Carolina and Stanford Online, focuses on the operation of intellectual property law at the intersection of technology and public life, specifically information flows in the lawmaking and regulatory process and intellectual property law's impact on public and private secrecy, transparency and accountability. He has spoken about his work in numerous venues, from the American Political Science Association annual meeting to the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and internationally.

Active in policy analysis, he has made presentations to the negotiators at several negotiating rounds for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), testified before the Library of Congress, co-authored influential law professors’ letters regarding the TPP, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and is a member of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission's Protection of Trade Secret and Proprietary Information Study Group that is tasked with writing the state's hydraulic fracturing regulations. Having been interviewed and quoted in many media outlets, from NPR to the Los Angeles Times, he is a recurring contributor to Slate. He was previously a resident fellow at CIS, legislative aide in the New York State Assembly, assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York and in private practice in Manhattan. He holds a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Curriculum Vitae


Co-author of “Don’t Break the Internet” - published Dec. 19, 2011 by the Stanford Law Review online, detailing "potentially disastrous consequences" of two pieces of federal legislation related to the Internet and intellectual property law (Stop Online Piracy Act [SOPA] and the PROTECT IP Act [PIPA]. With Mark Lemley, the William H. Neukom Professor at Stanford Law School, and David Post, a Professor at Beasley School of Law, Temple University.

Co-author of July 6 and November 16, 2011 letters to Congress, signed by more than 100 intellectual property and cyberlaw experts opposing SOPA and PIPA. With Lemley and Post.

Co-author of Feb. 16, 2011 submission to the U.S. Trade Representative and Oct. 28 letter to President Obama, signed by more than 70 law professors, urging the Obama administration to seek Congressional approval before entering into the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).


On March 28, Levine’s article, Bring in the Nerds: Secrecy, National Security and the Creation of Intellectual Property Law, examining TPP negotiations and proposing a qualified right to national security information in international lawmaking in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was one of two papers featured at a Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law symposium in New York.

The Social Layer of Freedom of Information Law, 90 North Carolina Law Review 1687 (2012).

The People’s Trade Secrets?, 18 Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review 61 (2011).

Transparency Soup: The ACTA Negotiating Process and ‘Black Box’ Lawmaking, 26 American University International Law Review 811 (2011).

“The Impact of Trade Secrecy on Public Transparency,” in The Law and Theory of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011).

What Can the Uniform Trade Secrets Act Learn From the Bayh-Dole Act?, 33 Hamline Law Review 615 (2010).

Secrecy and Unaccountability: Trade Secrets in Our Public Infrastructure, 59 Florida Law Review 163 (2007)


Elon Law Now commentary: Congress' Fast Track to Bad Law

Commentary: The error of fast tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

David Levine questions “right to be forgotten” in Slate

David Levine selected as a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton 

David Levine advances scholarship and service to develop transparency in law and trade agreement formation

Hearsay Culture celebrates 200th episode milestone

David Levine leads national effort for transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

David Levine advances research on transparency and intellectual property law

David Levine advances scholarship and service on fracking and spying

Elon Law Faculty Development Lecture Series supports scholarly inquiry

David Levine authors article for Slate on cybersecurity and transparency

David Levine speaks at two forums on information, technology and media

Law professors challenge secrecy in fracking

David Levine speaks at four universities on law, culture and technology

David Levine presents at NYU School of Law

David Levine presents internationally on transparency and global trade agreements

David Levine’s scholarship published in Michigan and North Carolina law reviews

David Levine authors article for Slate on trade and secrecy

David Levine urges greater transparency in U.S. trade negotiations

David Levine engages copyright and cyber law at Drake and UNC law schools

David Levine discusses "Transparency Soup: ACTA and the Failure of Black Box Lawmaking" at AALS

David Levine coauthors “Don’t Break the Internet”

David Levine publishes “The People’s Trade Secrets?”

David Levine presents on social media and government transparency at North Carolina Law Review symposium

Elon scholar engages Congress on intellectual property bill

David Levine authors book chapter and presents at conferences on intellectual property and trade secrecy

David Levine publishes on “Black Box” law making

David Levine analyzes federal intellectual property legislation on WUNC radio

David Levine leads effort to stop passage of PROTECT IP Act

David Levine presents on government trade secrecy at spring academic and professional forums

Elon Law faculty explore WikiLeaks in launch of Hot Topics series

David Levine presents at Boston University School of Law

David Levine helps to shape law scholars' submission to U.S. Trade Representative on ACTA

David Levine presents on trade secrecy at Yale Law School

David Levine featured in The Magazine of Elon

David Levine coauthors letter to President Obama urging halt to U.S. endorsement of ACTA

David Levine presents on trade secrecy at intellectual property law "unconference"

David Levine announces fall schedule for Hearsay Culture radio show

David Levine explores patent reform legislation’s impact on trade secrecy at Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

David Levine announces July-August schedule for Hearsay Culture radio show

Elon Law professor David Levine advances Intellectual Property scholarship at law conferences in Michigan and Minnesota

David Levine moderates panel on the future of Intellectual Property in the digitial realm at FutureWeb WWW2010 Conference

David Levine announces spring schedule for Hearsay Culture radio show

David Levine's Hearsay Culture begins fall interview series on technology and public life

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