Jennifer Granick

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Jennifer Granick
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Jennifer Granick in 2008

Jennifer Stisa Granick (born 1969) is an American attorney and educator. She is the Director of Civil Liberties for the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.[1] She is best known for her work with intellectual property law, free speech, privacy law, and other things relating to computer security, and has represented several high-profile hackers.

Early life and education[edit]

Granick was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Both of her parents were local educators. She attended Glen Ridge High School and then New College in Sarasota, Florida, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990. After that, she moved to San Francisco to attend Hastings Law School, from which she graduated in 1993.


Granick initially worked in criminal defense, first at the state public defender's office, then as a trial attorney at the law firm Campbell & DeMetrick. From 1996 to 2001 she worked in private practice, specializing in defending cases involving computer crime, and then started working at Stanford University in 2001, giving classes on cyber law. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 "Women of Vision" in the computer security field.

Granick was the Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School where she was a lecturer in law.[2] She founded and directed the Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic where she supervised students in working on some of the most important cyberlaw cases that took place during her tenure.

Granick has been a speaker at conferences such as Def Con and ShmooCon, and has also spoken at the National Security Agency as well as to other law enforcement officials. She was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Black Hat USA conference.

She was one of the primary crafters of a 2006 exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which allows mobile telephone owners to legally circumvent the firmware locking their device to a single carrier.[3]

Granick was the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation from 2007 to 2010. She was subsequently an attorney at Washington DC-based law firm Zwillinger Genetski from 2010 to 2012,[4] and General Counsel of Worldstar, LLC for a brief period in early 2012.[5]

Internet activist Aaron Swartz sought Granick's counsel after his arrest for downloading articles from JSTOR, for which he faced 35 years imprisonment. Granick both defended Swartz and challenged the scope of the law under which he was prosecuted.[6][7] Swartz committed suicide in January 2013, two months before his trial.


Selected cases and clients[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Profile at Stanford University
  2. ^ Profile at Stanford University
  3. ^ Granick, Jennifer (2006-12-06). "Cell Phones Freed! Poor Suffer?". Wired News. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  4. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik. "Jennifer Granick, Lawyer to Hackers, Joins Zwillinger Genetski",, 2 December 2010.
  5. ^ Zwillinger, Marc. "Jennifer Granick Becomes General Counsel of Worldstar, LLC", 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Towards Learning from Losing Aaron Swartz: Part 2". January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  7. ^ "With the CFAA, Law and Justice Are Not The Same: A Response to Orin Kerr". 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  8. ^ Olson, Parmy (28 March 2011). "HBGary Attorney Was Once The Lawyer Hackers Call". Forbes. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 


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