H. Brian Holland

Professor of Law

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“In today’s business environment, attorneys with a keen understanding of intellectual property and technology law are uniquely valuable to the success of their clients.”

Get to Know H. Brian Holland

What drew you to the law?

Prior to law school, I spent seven years with a variety of companies, from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. During this time, I dealt with many attorneys with a variety of skill sets and experiences. Over time, I was drawn both to the intellectual challenges of the law and the opportunity.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love the classroom experience. It should be a dynamic learning environment that pushes your intellectual abilities and challenges your preconceptions. My favorite part of the process is when we push past the black-letter law to apply what we’ve learned to real-world scenarios — the kind of situations that our clients face every day. When students are able to see their expertise put into action, that is when it gets really good.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I will admit that the phrase “thinking like a lawyer” is overused, but I think it still has meaning. For me, it is about putting your client at the center of your thinking. If I can help get students there, then I’ve done my job.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

After graduating from law school, I spent two years as a judicial clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. I then joined the Washington, D.C., office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, working primarily on appellate ​cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals, as well as international arbitration before the World Bank.

What are you passionate about outside the law?

My family and I spend a great deal of time outdoors and play a lot of sports. ​We are also diehard Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics fans. My kids are also really into technology (it runs in the family), so we enjoy making original movies and gaming.

What are your research interests?

My scholarship focuses on technology, constitutional theory (especially privacy and the First Amendment) and intellectual property. Issues of national security are also prominent.

Publications

My publications are available on BePress SelectedWorks™.

Presentations

  • “A Social Semiotic Approach to Copyright Law,” Drexel University School of Law (October 2011)
  • “Social Semiotics in the Infringement Analysis: Excluding Unprotected Elements,” SEALS Annual Conference (July 2011)
  • “A Social Semiotic Approach to Copyright Law,” Drexel University School of Law (October 2011)
  • “Social Semiotics in the Infringement Analysis: Excluding Unprotected Elements,” SEALS Annual Conference (July 2011)
  • “Social Semiotics, Originality and Authorship in Copyright Law,” Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, Drake University School of Law (April 2011)
  • “Internet Exceptionalism as a Statutory Construct,” Panel: Internet Exceptionalism &
    Intermediary Deputization, at the Next Digital Decade Symposium (January 2011)
  • “Social Semiotics in the Fair Use Analysis,” Scholar Exchange, Texas Tech School of Law (October 2010)
  • “Social Semiotics in the Fair Use Analysis,” Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Berkeley School of Law (August 2010)
  • “Transformative Fair Use through a Social Semiotic Frame,” Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, Drake University School of Law (March 2010)
  • “Transformative Fair Use through a Social Semiotic Frame,” Southwest/West Junior Faculty Conference, Arizona State University School of Law (March 2010)
  • “Social Distortion: Regulating Privacy in Social Networks,” Symposium on Internet Privacy, Widener Law Review (invited author, February 2010)
  • “Transformative Fair Use through a Social Semiotic Frame,” Annual Conference of the Central States Law School Association (October 2009)
  • “Social Distortion: Regulating Privacy in Social Networks,” Privacy in Social Networking Sites in the Netherlands (Delft, October 2008)
  • “Regulating Strategic Data Disclosure on Social Network Sites,” 2008 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (New Haven, May 2008)
  • “Regulating Strategic Data Disclosure on Social Network Sites,” 2008 Law and Society Annual Meeting (May 2008)
  • “The Right to Compartmentalize? Privacy Expectations and Practices of Job Applicants on Social Network Sites,” 2008 Law and Society Annual Meeting (May 2008)
  • “Regulating Strategic Data Disclosure on Social Network Sites,” Communications Colloquium, Penn State University (April 2008)

Expertise

  • Intellectual property law
  • Technology law and policy
  • Information privacy law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Constitutional law

Courses

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Internet Law
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Seminar: The Information Society
  • Constitutional Law

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2009-2012)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    Pennsylvania State University School of Law (2007-2009)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Barry University School of Law (2003-07)