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Jason Potter Burda - Full-Time Lecturer

Jason Potter's faculty portrait.
J.D., New York University School of Law

B.F.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Courses & administrative duties

Professor Potter Burda teaches Legal Skills I & II.

Professional background 

Prior to teaching at UMass School of Law, Professor Potter Burda was a Professor of Legal Writing & Research at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he taught first-year legal writing courses. Professor Potter Burda has also taught legal writing internationally. He was a C.V. Starr Lecturer of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China for two academic years. At PKU, he taught U.S. legal research and writing, advanced legal research, academic legal writing, contract drafting, and legal English.

Professor Potter Burda’s practice experience includes an associateship at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Los Angeles, a summer associateship at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, and a clerkship for Nadine Strossen, the President of the American Civil Liberties Union. His pro bono work includes collaborations with the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Association and the ACLU-Los Angeles.

At NYU School of Law, Professor Potter Burda was the Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, where he edited and published articles devoted to exploring issues affecting those typically consigned to society’s margins. He was the recipient of the Flora S. & Jacob L. Newman Graduation Prize, recognizing leadership and service to the law school.

Professor Potter Burda is a member of the State Bar of California, the Federal Bar Association, and the Tom Homann Law Association.


When Condoms Fail: Making Room for PrEP HIV Prevention Under the ACA Blanket, 52:1 San Diego L. Rev. ___ (2015) (forthcoming Feb./Mar. 2015)

New Legal Research Tools and Platforms, Legal Writing Institute Regional Conference, San Diego, CA, Winter 2012.

Piao Qie zài Zhongguó: Academic Integrity in Chinese Legal Education, Problems and Solutions, Global Legal Skills Conference, Spring 2012.

Aggressive Self-Editing, Federal Bar Association Newsletter, Winter 2011.

Engaging with the Facts: Incorporating Multimedia into Memorandum Assignments, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers Regional Conference, Winter 2011.

ResearchFreedom.com, creator and author of multiple articles devoted to exploring free legal research tools and techniques.





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