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Mary S. Wong

Mary S. Wong

    Professor of Law

    LL.M., Cambridge University, UK
    LL.B., National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

    Professor Wong joins Pierce Law from the Singapore Management University, where she was an Associate Professor of Law in the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, teaching Information Technology Law and Business Law.

    From 1998 to 2003 Professor Wong was Special Counsel to Morrison & Foerster LLP, resident primarily in its New York office. While at Morrison & Foerster, Professor Wong counseled American, European and Asian clients on a wide range of technology transactions, and provided advice on international and comparative legal developments in relation to the Internet, privacy, e-commerce, and intellectual property. She has also been associated with the firm's Brussels and Singapore offices. Professor Wong was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, where she taught intellectual property and contract law.

    Professor Wong's areas of specialization are intellectual property and information technology laws. Her particular focus is on the legal and policy challenges presented by digital technology and the Internet, in relation both to domestic U.S. law and international legal developments. She is currently teaching Copyright Law and Current Issues in Information Technology and Intellectual Property at Pierce Law, and will be teaching similar courses for the school's China Intellectual Property Summer Institute. Professor Wong's current research interests include the use of copyright laws and licensing mechanisms to control access to digital content, comparative copyright laws on third party liability, and electronic privacy issues.

    In addition to her teaching and research, Professor Wong speaks regularly at conferences in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She is an Associate Fellow of the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore and a member of the Singapore Academy of Law's Technology Law Development Group, a Singapore-based think-tank for intellectual property issues. She has also served as a member of the New York New Media Association's Programs Committee, the Singapore Government's E-Commerce Consultative Committee, and the Singapore Academy of Law's Membership and Social Committee. Professor Wong was the co-founder of Project Law Help, an initiative adopted by the Law Society of Singapore to provide pro bono corporate and transactional legal services to charities and non-profit organizations in Singapore. She was also a co-founder of Education For Understanding, a brief collaboration between the Singapore Management University and the United World Colleges of South-East Asia to foster interaction and understanding amongst youths of different cultures.

    "Given my background and the nature of digital technology, I suppose it's natural that I should think it's important for lawyers to have an awareness of legal issues and developments in countries and systems other than their own. This can be a challenge when many laws are historically and essentially territorial in nature. I also believe it's important for a law teacher to try to convey to students a sense of the intellectual allure and social relevance that law by its nature possesses. I hope that my students leave my classes with the ability not just to be good practicing lawyers, but also with a passion for thinking about and possibly helping to shape the outcome of the legal issues of their day."


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