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Michelle Paulson
Michelle Paulson, Interim General Counsel
Michelle Paulson
Interim General Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
"Where else can you help effect positive change in the world on a daily basis?"

About me

I have been with the Foundation in a variety of legal roles since 2008. I attended the University of California, Berkeley for university and the University of California, Hastings for law school. I am licensed to practice law in California and New York. Personally, I'm a geek about intellectual property, freedom of speech on the internet, online privacy, beer, food, and travel to find said beer and food.

My work

As Interim General Counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, I represent and advise the Foundation on a wide array of matters, including community and content issues, contracts, intellectual property, international law, licensing, litigation, policy, and privacy. I have the immense privilege of helping defend the community's work and fighting to protect the right to freely disseminate the world's collective knowledge.

For legal ethical reasons I (as well as the rest of the legal team) can only represent the Wikimedia Foundation and cannot be the attorney for the community or chapters, though the legal team often provides strong support to the community in many ways consistent with Wikimedia Foundation goals.

Disclaimer: Although I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, contributions under this account do not necessarily represent the actions or views of the Foundation unless expressly stated otherwise. For example, edits to articles or uploads of other media are done in my individual, personal capacity unless otherwise stated. The legal team can only represent the Wikimedia Foundation on legal matters, so we are unable to give legal advice to others, including community members, editors, or contributors. Communications with members of the legal team are not consultations and do not create any confidential relationship.

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