Jack Bernard is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School and associate general counsel in the University’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, where he has worked since 1999.
Bernard’s primary areas of practice include intellectual property, First Amendment, student rights, academic freedom, privacy, security, computing and cyber law, media rights, transactional work, and disability law. He writes and speaks about these issues in academia and in the legal profession.
During the 11 years before this work, he had been an academic administrator and/or instructor at Macalester College, Saga Daigaku (Japan), and the University of Michigan. At U-M, he teaches at the schools of Law, Information, and Education as well as at the Ford School of Public Policy and the Ross School of Business. He is currently chair of U-M's Council for Disability Concerns and is on the board of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.
In 2009, he received the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award and the First Decade Award from the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He has been a Spencer Fellow and a researcher at the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. He is a recipient of U-M’s Neubacher Award, a Roy Johnson Trust Award, and a Saturn Award for Leadership. In 2015, he delivered the Windsor Lecture at the University of Illinois.
As the lead copyright lawyer for U-M, he successfully defended the University’s establishment of HathiTrust and its participation in the Google Book Search project. His contributions to these projects made possible that access for persons who have print disabilities was considered overtly within these projects from their inception and he has been a steadfast advocate for research, library, and the public’s uses of copyrighted works. He has actively promoted the Open Access movement and is helping to shepherd U-M’s efforts to incorporate fair use analyses into its open educational resources initiatives.