Four Penn Law Students Receive CTIC Summer Public Interest Fellowships

Sanjay Jolly L’21, Roger Li L’21, Myles Lynch L’20, and Anna Sheu L’21 will work in internships in public interest or government organizations that focus on technology, intellectual property, cyber law, and related fields.

Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC) has awarded CTIC Summer Public Interest Fellowships to Sanjay Jolly L’21, Roger Li L’21, Myles Lynch L’20 and Anna Sheu L’21.

The CTIC Summer Public Interest Fellowship funds internships with public interest or government organizations that are doing work relevant to CTIC’s focus in technology policy, intellectual property, cyber law, privacy, and related fields. These Fellowships are open to Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls, and offer students the opportunity to gain experience in technology law that might not otherwise be available to them.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity that CTIC has given me to explore the intersection between civil liberties and technology,” said Li. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation is doing cutting-edge work in this area, and I’m excited to get real-world experience with an interest of mine that has developed since coming to law school.”

Jolly will be working for Public Knowledge in Washington, DC, a leading public interest organization and policy advocate in copyright, telecommunications, and Internet law that was co-founded by Penn Law alumna Gigi Sohn L’86.

Sheu will work in the Cryptocurrency Investigations division of the Securities and Exchange Commission at its Washington, DC, headquarters.

“Because I’ve only worked on the corporate side of the tech industry, I’m eager to see how the opposite side functions,” said Sheu. “The tech industry is constantly inventing, and so far, there’s been a lag between the innovation and the regulation. I’m particularly excited by the opportunity to work with cryptocurrency and blockchain technology from the regulatory perspective — in Silicon Valley there’s very much a combination of ‘fail fast,’ ‘ask for forgiveness, not permission,’ and ‘break things’ mentality, and it will be interesting to see the contrast in DC.”

Lynch will use his time over the summer to continue working at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he spent last summer and also worked this spring. In addition to his JD from Penn Law, next year Lynch will graduate with a Kleinman School Certificate in Energy Management and Policy and a Wharton Certificate in Business Economics and Public Policy.

“CTIC’s generosity has allowed me to continue building and fortifying relationships with some of the most impressive and influential science and technology policy-makers in the country,” noted Lynch. “Beyond the greatness of the people, I’m looking forward to affecting positive change at the federal level through all the policies and projects that I will be working on.”

The Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition is dedicated to promoting foundational research that aims to shape the way legislators, regulatory authorities, and scholars think about technology policy, intellectual property, privacy, and related fields. Through major scholarly conferences, symposia, faculty workshops, educational programs, and other activities, CTIC is committed to providing a forum for exploring the full range of scholarly perspectives on these issues.

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