Carroll, Michael W.
Michael W. Carroll is a professor of law and director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Carroll joined the faculty in 2009 after visiting during the 2008-09 academic year.
Carroll previously was a member of the faculty of the Villanova University School of Law. He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw.
Prior to entering the academy, Carroll served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.
Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies.
He also acts on his ideas. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also is on the sub-group of board members who advise the organization's Science Commons division and its education division, ccLearn.
Carroll is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals.
Carroll earned an AB from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
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