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Research by former Sharswood Fellow to be presented at U.S. Senate

December 21, 2017

A paper by former Sharswood Fellow Craig Konnoth has received the annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award from the Future of Privacy Forum. The award recognizes leading privacy scholarship that is relevant to policymakers in the U.S. Congress, at federal agencies, and at data protection authorities around the world.

As part of the award, Konnoth will present his work at the 8th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers event on February 27, 2018, in Washington, D.C., where he will discuss his work with policymakers, academics, and privacy professionals at the U.S. Senate.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to present this paper in front of elected officials and policymakers,” said Konnoth. “In the field of healthcare, how patient information is used has far-reaching, and potent, effects on consumers, regulators, and researchers.”

Konnoth’s paper, “Health Information Equity,” shows how health information regulation disproportionately subjects those in lower socio-economic and health status groups to security risks and dignity harms by making their data far more available for public research. The paper was published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and written during Konnoth’s time at Penn Law as a Sharswood Fellow.

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review established the first Sharswood Fellowship in 2007 to encourage scholars who plan to enter legal academia. Penn Law has since expanded the program so that now each year the Law School awards two fellowships that each fund two years of research, writing, and teaching.

Konnoth is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, where his research focuses on sexuality and health law, and health information law. His work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Iowa Law Review.

Before coming to Penn Law as a Sharswood Fellow, Konnoth served as a Deputy Solicitor General and Earl Warren Fellow at the California Department of Justice, the R. Scott Hitt Fellow in Law and Policy at UCLA Law’s Williams Institute, and a clerk for Judge Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He holds a JD from Yale Law School, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from Fordham University.