Casey Yang was selected as Santa Clara Law’s choice for the Westin Scholar Award. The award was created by the International Association of Privacy Professionals to fund and support students identified by their professors as future leaders in the field of privacy or data protection. Santa Clara Law, which was ranked in the top 5% of privacy law programs in country by IAPP in 2019, is a participating university in the Westin Scholars program.
Casey demonstrated his leadership in the field of privacy early and often at Santa Clara Law, earning a Privacy Law Certificate and the CIPP/US Certificate. He also served as Co-Communications Chair and Co-President of the Privacy Law Student Organization, where he helped create the organization’s inaugural newsletter and coordinated speaking events that discussed the intersections between technology, sports, privacy, and even the cosmetics industry. He also advised students at Santa Clara, as well as other schools like the University of Kentucky and the University of Notre Dame, sharing his privacy law experiences and helping other students navigate their own journey towards a career in privacy law.
In addition to Casey’s privacy law-related activities, he was an engaged leader in many other activities at SCL, serving as co-president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Managing Editor of SCL’s newspaper, The Advocate, an associate with the High Technology Law Journal, and a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.
Academically, Casey was an outstanding student in privacy and technology law, receiving the CALI Award in Internet Law and Comparative Privacy Law as well as the High Tech Excellence Award. Casey showcased his privacy law knowledge in his article, “Biometric Data in Sports Could Be Subject to Biometric Privacy Laws”, which discusses the legal impact of wearable technology and biometric data may have in sports, published by the California Lawyers Association.
Casey also completed internships and externships focusing on privacy, including the Data Privacy Task Force at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and as a summer associate in the privacy group at Reed Smith in San Francisco, where he will work after graduation.