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Heather Whitney

Heather Whitney is a Lecturer in Law and Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. She is also a faculty affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. In January 2015 she started her third year as a teaching fellow for CopyrightX, a free online copyright course (MOOC) offered by Harvard Law School.

Heather’s primary research interests concern the intersection of innovation, work and worker organizations, corporations, and consumerism. Her most recent work argues that collaborations between companies that sell themselves as good corporate citizens and new forms of worker organizations are one of the best means by which to ensure the credibility of those corporate commitments. And, labor law’s prohibition of those collaborations likely unconstitutional. Future work in this area will look at: changes to worker-company relations, evolving conceptions of property (including IP), and the relationship between corporate personhood, consumer demand, and political liberalism. She is also broadly interested in human flourishing, culture, and law.

Heather earned a JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and a BA in philosophy from UCLA, summa cum laude. She clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Diane Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to law school, she worked on Google's Global Ethics and Compliance team. She's also spent time at the FTC, Facebook, Keker & Van Nest, and Jenner & Block's D.C. office.