Professor of Law; Director, Center for Intellectual Property, Technology and Telecommunications
California Western School of Law
Professor Andrea Johnson is a Harvard-trained full professor and director of the Center for Intellectual Property, Technology and Telecommunications. Andrea has had a diverse, professional background that includes being a corporate lawyer at White and Case, a government lawyer for the District of Columbia, and an entrepreneur in real estate and broadcasting.
In 2010, Andrea helped her students launch "Create a Job Initiative," a job campaign to increase exports through transborder licensing in industries such as information technology, entertainment, biotech, and clean energy. She has also spoken and written extensively on privatization of telecommunications, and served on President Clinton's Transition Team for Science, Space and Technology.
Andrea is an expert in technology-based instruction and distance learning. In 1996, she taught the first distance-learning course at an American law school, connecting two campuses and three outside sites using videoconferencing. She has developed and taught distance-learning modules at several ABA law schools and internationally. Professor Johnson drafted the Distance Learning Standards for CWSL and serves on the ABA Technology Committee.
Always on the cutting edge, Andrea was selected in 1995 as the first non-scientist Summer Faculty at NASA's Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She developed "Cyber Workbooks," a web-based authoring platform that helps faculty create course modules that teach critical thinking, applied reasoning, and problem-solving in substantive courses, with built-in assessment tools.