UC Hastings College of the Law is honored to welcome Travis LeBlanc as its newest Affiliated Scholar.
As an Affiliated Scholar, Mr. LeBlanc’s contributions will include serving as a direct advisor to research initiatives in the Privacy Project, and working with the Institute for Innovation Law on upcoming initiatives around regulatory agencies and innovation.
A nationally-recognized expert in privacy law, Travis LeBlanc is the acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. LeBlanc previously served as a top deputy and senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris (UC Hastings Class of 1989), overseeing the office’s operations and activities involving complex litigation and policy matters on a broad range of issues such as technology regulation, telecommunications, high-tech crime, cyber-security, privacy, intellectual property and antitrust.
"We are tremendously excited to bring on Mr. LeBlanc as an Affiliated Scholar of the Institute," said Charles Belle, Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation Law. "Mr. LeBlanc will bring his expertise, leadership, and insight to support the Institute’s work across a range of areas."
During his time in the Office of the California Attorney General, Mr. LeBlanc established and oversaw California’s first high-tech crime and privacy enforcement units. He also secured global agreements with a number of high-tech companies to protect consumer privacy, promote online safety and respect intellectual property rights.
Before joining the California AG, Mr. LeBlanc was an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice, where he advised the President and Attorney General on significant matters of constitutional, statutory and regulatory law. Prior to joining OLC, Mr. LeBlanc was an attorney at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, and Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC, where he represented corporate and individual clients in criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts.
Mr. LeBlanc holds an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Cambridge. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The UC Hastings Affiliated Scholars Program creates a unified process that allows experts not otherwise employed by the College to formally affiliate with UC Hastings to conduct research and academic work with Centers, Programs, Projects, and Institutes.
Affiliated Scholars are recommended by a faculty member and approved by the Research Dean, for terms of 12-24 months. “The Program is advantageous to the College on multiple fronts,” said Academic Dean for Research William S. Dodge. “This new initiative will allow UC Hastings to leverage our intellectual resources and network to enhance academic research and writing. We will expand the College’s role as the center of an intellectual ecosystem by working with thought leaders in a variety of disciplines as well as offering UC Hastings as an intellectual resource for those seeking to contribute to the academic discourse.”
"Affiliated Scholars are creative thinkers in their respective fields who bring either an academic or practical perspective to enrich an area in which UC Hastings has a focus," noted Provost and Academic Dean Elizabeth Hillman. “This could include various areas of law, computer science, communications, economics, public policy, healthcare or any number of other fields.”
Affiliated Scholars are invited to participate in campus events and are encouraged to engage in intellectual exchange and dialogue with the UC Hastings faculty and broader community.