ND Law student wins Women & Hi Tech Corporate Law Scholarship

Author: Amanda Gray


Jennie Christensen, a third-year student at Notre Dame Law School, was chosen to receive one of the Women & Hi Tech Corporate Law Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Christensen has studied extensively in technology law and its intersection with privacy and security. During the last school year, she wrote “Fasten Your Seatbelts, We’re Encountering Turbulence: The Legal Implications of Biometric Scanning at U.S. Airports,” which placed second in Berkeley’s Technology Law Journal competition.

“Women & Hi Tech exists to change the landscape of women represented in STEM, and I am so honored to be recognized by their organization for my work in the realm of data privacy and cybersecurity,” Christensen said. “I look forward to joining my peers in August at the Women & Hi Tech Anniversary Celebration and award ceremony.”

Christensen is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional and spent the 2019 summer working with the transactional and litigation teams at Howard & Howard in Chicago.

“This summer, I’ve had the opportunity to explore data privacy issues involving the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, unauthorized access of mobile devices, and new Illinois bills involving employer requirements for what information can be asked and stored about employees,” Christensen said.

In the fall, she will intern with an IT consulting firm in London while studying in the Notre Dame London Law Program, and she will complete a directed reading under Professor Patricia Bellia on the topic of the legality of encrypted data. After law school, she plans to focus her practice on data privacy.