Jef Pearlman joined the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic as a clinical supervising attorney and lecturer in law in 2014. In the clinic, Jef helps supervise and train second- and third-year law students to represent non-profits and innovators at the cutting edge of intellectual property and innovation policy in courts, administrative agencies, and the public sphere.
Prior to joining the clinic, Jef received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he represented clients as a student in the Cyberlaw Clinic. After law school, Jef clerked for the Honorable William W Schwarzer on the Northern District of California and, sitting by designation, on the 1st, 6th, and 9th circuits. Jef was then awarded the Bruce Ennis Fellowship for First Amendment Law, which enabled him to advocate for sound IP, technology, and innovation policy as a fellow and staff attorney at the DC-based nonprofit, Public Knowledge. Jef then returned to the Bay Area, where he litigated patent disputes in federal court and at the International Trade Commission and advised clients on issues relating to open source software at Covington & Burling LLP.