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Beth Cate

cate_beth_LBeth Cate is an Associate Professor with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She earned her J.D. from Harvard and her B.A. in economics from The George Washington University, both with honors.  Cate joined the academy full-time after practicing law for 21 years, including 13 years as counsel to Indiana University, where her practice focused primarily on legal and policy issues surrounding intellectual property, data governance, and information technologies.  Before joining Indiana University in 1998, Cate served as a Law Clerk for The Honorable S. Jay Plager of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; served as in-house counsel to Eli Lilly and Company’s U.S. operations; and practiced law with the firm of McKenna & Cuneo (now McKenna Long & Aldridge) in Washington D.C., focusing on civil litigation and international trade.  Affiliated with the Center for Civic Literacy, the Center for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, and the Center for Intellectual Property Law, Cate’s scholarly interests include data and technology law and policy; civic literacy deficits and their impact on civic engagement and effective law- and policy-making; the role played by law and technology in empowering civic engagement; and the role of religion in public life.

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