Julissa Milligan is a visiting professor in the BU/MIT Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic, in which law students at BU advise MIT researchers and entrepreneurs about legal risks arising from innovative research and startups. Julissa teaches a technology and cyberlaw course and supervises students as they counsel clients on data privacy, cybersecurity, computer crimes, tort, and contract issues arising from innovation uses of technology. Her research focuses on cybersecurity and privacy issues, and she is a member of BU’s Cybersecurity, Law, & Society Alliance—an interdisciplinary collaboration between computer science researchers, law professors, and social scientists focused on cybersecurity issues.

Before joining the BU Law faculty, Julissa represented technology companies in privacy and data security litigation and regulatory enforcement actions at Perkins Coie LLP. Julissa’s practice spanned the legal lifecycle—she counseled companies on risks arising from innovative products, defended entities facing regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and represented technology companies in privacy and data security-related litigation at the district and appellate levels. She briefed and advised communications companies on electronic surveillance issues, including questions under the First and Fourth Amendments. Julissa also analyzed issues arising from cyberterrorism investigations as an intern for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section.

Julissa received her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard National Security Journal and as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. While at Harvard Law, Julissa obtained a Mead Cross Cultural Research Grant to fund her research on Turkish constitutional law and received a Heyman Summer Fellowship. She graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College (IL).

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