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Lee Tiedrich


Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethical Technology, Duke Initiative for Science & Society

LEE TIEDRICH is a Visiting Professor of the Practice at Duke Law School and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethical Technology with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. Lee is a widely recognized leader in artificial intelligence, data, and emerging technology matters. She has been selected to serve in the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) Multistakeholder Expert Group, which was conceived of by the G7 and now includes 25 countries, and she is a co-chair the GPAI MEG IP subcommittee. Lee has written and spoken extensively on AI, data and emerging technology including for the Council on Foreign Relations, the Singapore Embassy (with the Ambassador), the Federal Judicial Conference, the National Judicial College, the Athens AI and the Rule of Law .Roundtable (under the patronage of the President of Greece), the Aspen Institute, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Stanford University, New York University, and other leading institutions. She also has participated in the Global Governance of AI Roundtable in Dubai, at the invitation of the UAE Minister of Artificial Intelligence.

A Duke alumna with a degree in electrical engineering and over 30 years of legal experience, Lee has had a long career bridging technology, law, and policy. As a partner at the global law firm Covington & Burling LLP, she served as co-chair of the firm’s global and multi-disciplinary Artificial Intelligence Initiative and counseled organizations on a broad range of data and technology matters, including policy, governance, intellectual property, regulatory, and digital transformation. She also has deep corporate expertise, with a particular focus on intellectual property, data and technology transactions spanning many industries. She is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Lee has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and serves on the Dean’s Council for Penn Law Women and the Board of Visitors of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. She was a member of the Biden-Harris Campaign Policy Committee and the Board of the UC Hastings College of the Law Worklife Law Center. She was appointed the founding Chair of Covington’s Women’s Forum in 2003 and later served as Co-Chair of the firm-wide Diversity Committee.

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