Campus Copyright Catch-Up

Speaker Biographies

Jack Bernard Headshot

Jack Bernard is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the University of Michigan, where he has worked since 1999. His areas of responsibility include intellectual property, student rights, academic freedom and speech, privacy, security, computing and cyberlaw, media rights, and disability law. He is the lead copyright lawyer for the University of Michigan, where he has been at the center of the University of Michigan's HathiTrust service and library digitization project. During the eleven years prior to his legal work, he had been an academic administrator and/or instructor at Macalester College, Saga Daigaku, and the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching Higher Education Law at the University of Michigan's Schools of Law and Education, he teaches a course in Intellectual Property and Information Law at Michigan's School of Information and the Ford School of Public Policy. He is currently Chair of the University of Michigan's Council for Disability Concerns and President of the Board of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. In 2009, he received the American Library Association's L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award as well as the First Decade award from NACUA. He has been a Spencer Fellow and a researcher at the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. Jack received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master's in Higher Education from the University's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, and he studied neuroscience at Macalester College.



Beth Cate Headshot

Beth Cate is Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Public Affairs and Faculty Director of the Law and Public Policy Program within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  Her research and teaching interests focus on law and policy concerning intellectual property, data, and information technologies, as well as civic engagement and the role of religion in public life.  She served from 1998-2011 as Associate General Counsel to IU, practicing in a variety of areas with emphases on intellectual property, research regulation, and the law and ethics concerning the use of information technologies. Before joining the University, Beth served as in-house counsel for Eli Lilly and Company, practicing in a variety of areas; clerked for the Hon. S. Jay Plager of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and practiced with the law firm of McKenna & Cuneo (since merged into Dentons US) in Washington D.C.. Beth holds a B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, both with honors. She has served on NACUA's Board of Directors and has been a frequent speaker for NACUA and other organizations. Beth is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indianapolis Zoo and spends her weekends caring for the Zoo's African elephants, honing shoveling skills that she has found of considerable use within the university.