While the rest of us are shoveling snow this weekend, UB School of Law Professor Colin Starger will be starting his sabbatical in Wellington, New Zealand, where the temperature is about 70 degrees.
Prof. Starger, his wife, Professor Jessica Shiller, and their two children, ages 13 and 9, will spend the spring semester abroad. Professor Shiller, who teaches education at Towson University, is also on sabbatical, looking at racial and ethnic disparities in the New Zealand educational system.
Prof. Starger will be a visiting research professor at Victoria University in Wellington, developing and preparing to launch a new clinic at UB School of Law in January 2020. The Legal Data and Design Clinic will help students boost their technological literacy so they can use data more effectively in their lawyering, as well as better understand the rapidly changing field of technology in the context of intellectual property, privacy, and other areas of the law.
Technology is not just an exploding field in legal study, it’s also a passion for Prof. Starger, who studied computer science as an undergrad at UCLA and is associate director for legal technologies in UB School of Law’s Center for the Law of Intellectual Property and Technology. He is the principal on the SCOTUS Mapping Project, a software-driven effort to map Supreme Court doctrine.
This fall Prof. Starger will be co-teaching a new course, Coding for Lawyers, with Matt Stubenberg, who is currently associate director of legal technology at Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab. Mr. Stubenberg is the creator of Maryland’s leading expungement website, MDExpungement.com, and worked as IT director at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.