Liz Brown

  • Associate Professor, Law and Taxation
  • JD Harvard University
  • AB Harvard University

Teaching Interests

Business Law and Ethics, Constitutional Law, Gender Law, Law and Technology, Intellectual Property, Employment Law, Civil Rights, Entrepreneurship

Research Interests

Business Law and Ethics, Constitutional Law, Gender Law, Law and Technology, Corporate Religious Freedom, Intellectual Property Law, Privacy, Employment Law, Civil Rights, Entrepreneurship, Law and Design

Consulting/Practice Interests

Business Law and Ethics, Corporate Law, Alternative Careers for Lawyers and Law Students; Women in the Corporate Environment

Bio

Liz Brown earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she was a John Harvard Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She represented Fortune 100 companies for 13 years before joining the Bentley faculty, where she is a tenured professor. As a former litigation partner in an international law firm specializing in intellectual property, Professor Brown's extensive experience with practical applications of law in business informs her award-winning teaching and research. Her specific interests include emerging technologies, data privacy legislation, the regulation of wearable sensor data, and the ethical resolution of conflicts between individual civil rights and corporate religious freedom. She is also a scholar and advocate of equity in the workplace.

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals 2022 - Present
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2011 - Present
  • North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association 2011 - 2013
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2021, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
  • 2021, Loevinger Prize, Jurimetrics Journal of Law, Science and Technology
  • 2020, Holmes-Cardozo Award for Best Submitted Conference Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2020, Outstanding New Reviewer, American Business Law Journal
  • 2019, Jackson Lewis Prize for Best Employment Law Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2019, Best Teaching Innovation, Bentley Annual Teaching Colloquium
  • 2018, Distinguished Proceedings, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2018, Outstanding Paper Award, Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2016, Outstanding Scholarship Award, Bentley University
  • 2016, Hurst Seminar Scholar, University of Florida
  • 2015, Convocation Speaker, Bentley University
  • 2013, ABLJ Invited Scholar, American Business Law Journal
  • 2011, Gaylord Jentz Scholar, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Ericson, J. D., Albert, W. S., Bernard, B. P., Brown, E. (2022). End-User License Agreements (EULAs): Investigating the impact of human-centered design on perceived usability, attitudes, and anticipated behavior. Information Design Journal, (26) 3 1-19. (Link)
  • Brown, E., Scott, I., , E. Y. (2022). First Do No Harm: Revisiting Meriwether v. Hartop and Academic Freedom in Higher Education. American University Law Review, (71) 3 (Link)
  • Brown, E. (2021). The Femtech Paradox: How Workplace Monitoring Threatens Women's Equity. American Bar Association: Jurimetrics. (Link)
  • Brown, E. (2020). A Healthy Mistrust: Curbing Biometric Data Misuse in the Workplace. Stanford Technology Law Review, ( Volume 23 ) Issue 2 Pages 252-298. (Link)
  • Brown, E. (2020). Secondary Meaning and Religion: An Analysis of Religious Symbols in the Courts. William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.
  • Brown, E., Scott, I., Yordy, E. (2020). R Corps: When Should Corporate Values Receive Religious Protection?. Berkeley Business Law Journal. 17 Berkeley Bus. L. J. 91
  • Brown, E., Scott, I. (2019). Belief v. Belief: Resolving LGBTQ Rights Conflicts in the Religious Workplace. American Business Law Journal. Spring 2019
  • Brown, E., Scott, I. (2018). Sanctuary Corporations: Should Liberal Corporations Get Religion?. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, (20) 1101.
  • Brown, E. (2018). Protecting Does and Outing Mobsters: Recalibrating Anonymity Standards in Revenge Porn Proceedings. Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, (25) 155-190.
  • Brown, E., Bird, R. (2018). The United Kingdom Right to Request as a Model for Flexible Work in the European Union. American Business Law Journal, (55) 1
  • Brown, E., Scott, I. (2017). Redefining and Regulating the New Sharing Economy. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, (19) 3
  • Brown, E. (2017). Workplace Wellness: Social Injustice. New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, (20) 1
  • Brown, E. (2017). Fare Trade: Reconciling Public Safety and Gender Discrimination in Single-Sex Ridesharing. Yale Law & Policy Review, (35) 2
  • Brown, E. (2016). Fare Trade: Reconciling Public Safety and Gender Discrimination in Single-Sex Ride Sharing. Academy of Legal Studies in Business. 2016
  • Brown, E., Scott, I. (2016). I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means: Redefining and Regulating the Sharing Economy. Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
  • Brown, E. (2016). Are Wellness Programs Good for Business? A Legal and Ethical Checkup. Business Law Review, North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association . 2016
  • Brown, E. (2016). The FitBit Fault Line: Two Proposals to Protect Health and Fitness Data at Work. Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Winter 2016
  • Brown, E. (2014). Bridging the Gap: Improving Intellectual Property Protection for the Look and Feel of Websites. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW, (3) (Link)
  • Brown, E. (2014). Remixing Transformative Use: A Three-Part Proposal for Reform. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW, (4) 1
  • Brown, E. (2014). You’ll Know It When You See It: Fair Use After Cariou. North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association, (Annual Conference)
  • Bird, R., Brown, E. (2012). The Protection of Well-Known Foreign Marks in the United States: Potential Global Responses to Domestic Ambivalence. NORTH CAROLINA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND COMMERCIAL REGULATION. 38
  • Bird, R. C., Brown, E. (2011). Interactive Regulation. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LAW. 13
  • Brown, E. (). Bridging the Gap: Improving Intellectual Property Protection for the Look and Feel of Websites. WEST'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2015. 2015

    Books


  • Brown, E. (2013). Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have. Brookline, MA: Bibliomotion

  • Book Chapters


  • Brown, E. (2020). COVID-19 Employee Health Checks Create New Privacy Risks In , (Eds.) Work Law Under Covid-19. (Link)
  • Brown, E., Pedersen, N., Eisenstadt, L., Diener, K. (2018). Employment Law & Policy In , (Eds.) Law and Public Policy: A Primer . Routledge
  • Brown, E., Impellizzeri, A. (2015). Introduction In , (Eds.) Lawyer Interrupted. 1stChicago, IL: American Bar Association
  • Brown, E. (2015). The Global Impact of Government Efforts to Mitigate Trade Secret Theft In Lynda Oswald and Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, (Eds.) Managing the Legal Nexus Between Intellectual Property and Employees: Domestic and Global Contexts. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • Brown, E. (2013). The Role of Law in Business Education In Gordon M. Hardy and Daniel L. Everett, (Eds.) The Crucial Fusion: Shaping the Future of Business Education. 142-152. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan

  • Conference Proceedings


  • Brown, E. (2020). Supercharged Sexism: The Triple Threat of Workplace Monitoring for Women Academy of Legal Studies in Business National Proceedings , (51) 2019
  • Brown, E. (2019). The Boss and the Biometer: Three Ways to Curb Biometric Data Misuse at Work 2019 National Proceedings of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
  • Brown, E.Scott, I. (2018). Belief v. Belief: Resolving Religious Conflicts in the Workplace Academy of Legal Studies in Business, (2018 Annual Conference Proceedings)
  • Brown, E. (2015). Fit to Work: Improving the Security of Monitored Employees' Health Data Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
  • Brown, E. (2014). Protecting Trade Secrets in a Global Economy International Business Academics Consortium (iBAC) and Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research (ATISR), (2014 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS AND INFORMATION)
  • Brown, E. (2014). Taking Pictures: Copyright After Cariou Academy of Legal Studies in Business, (Annual Conference)

  • Presentations

  • Brown, E. (2022). “The Implications of Femtech for Employee Privacy and Wellbeing” Presented at the International Association of Law and Mental Health International Congress of Law and Mental Health Lyon, France
  • Brown, E. (2021). “The Femtech Paradox: How Workplace Monitoring Threatens Women's Equity” Presented at the HEC Paris Algorithmic Law and Society Conference Online
  • Brown, E. (2020). “Transformative Teaching in Disruptive Times: How Business Law Generates Intellectual Agility, Creativity, and Contextual Thinking for Business Students” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference online
  • Brown, E. (2020). “Beyond Bostock: The Supreme Court, Title VII, and LGBTQ Employment Discrimination” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference online
  • Brown, E. (2020). “Summit on Excellence in Business Law” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference online
  • Brown, E. (2020). “Bentley Research Council Spring Event” Presented at the Bentley Research Council Don't Just Publish, Publicize! Bentley University
  • Brown, E. (2019). “The Opioid Opportunity: Laws, Ethics and Community Impact” Presented at the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics The Opioid Opportunity Bentley University
  • Brown, E. (2019). “The Boss and the Biometer” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference Montreal, Canada
  • Brown, E. (2019). “Teaching “Real World” Law Through Film” Presented at theAssociation of Law Teachers (UK) DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK
  • Brown, E. (2019). “Healthism: Enabling Discrimination Through Data Monitoring” Presented at theNorth Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Boston University
  • Brown, E. (2018). “Religious Freedom and Civil Rights in the Workplace” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference Portland, OR
  • Brown, E. (2018). “Business Values v. Employee Religion: Who Wins Now?” Presented at theNARBLA (North Atlantic Business Law Association) Salem, MA
  • Brown, E. (2017). “Cafe 24” Presented at the Association of Law Teachers (UK) ALT Annual Conference Portsmouth, England
  • Brown, E. (2017). “Unmasking Civil Rights Violations” Presented at the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Organization NARBLA Annual Conference Wellesley, MA
  • Brown, E., Scott, I. (2017). “Sanctuary Corporations: Should Liberal Corporations Get Religion?” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference Savannah, GA
  • Brown, L. (2017). “• What Should Businesses Know About Advance Notice Laws?” Presented at the Bentley University The Future of Work Waltham, MA
  • Brown, E. (2017). “Rethinking Anonymity Online: The Case for Less and More” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference Savannah, GA
  • Brown, E. (2016). “Can You Afford Health Privacy at Work?” Presented at the Bentley Research Council 2016 Bentley Research Colloquium Waltham, MA
  • Brown, E., Scott, I. (2016). “I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means: Redefining and Regulating the Sharing Economy” Presented at the ALSB Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Brown, E. (2016). “Can You Afford Privacy at Work? Re-examining Workplace Wellness Incentives” Presented at the ALSB Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Brown, E. (2016). “Fare Trade: Reconciling Public Safety and Gender Discrimination in Single-Sex Ride Sharing” Presented at the ALSB Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Brown, E. (2016). “Are Wellness Programs Good for Business? A Legal and Ethical Checkup” Presented at the NARBLA North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Conference Bentley University
  • Brown, E. (2015). “So You Want to Go to Law School: Prelaw Advising” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual conference Philadelphia, PA
  • Brown, E. (2015). “Work Flow: Finding Work You Love at Any Stage” Presented at theTEDxBentleyU Bentley University
  • Brown, E. (2015). “The Risk-Watch: How Wearable Devices Expose Health Data at Work” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Lowell, MA
  • Lichtenstein, S. D., Axelrod, P., Bagby, P. W., Boles, P., Brown, E., Cameron, E., Murphy, T. (2015). “So You Want to Go to Law School – Advising Undergraduate, Graduate and Post- Graduate Students” Presented at the ALSB Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Philadelphia, PA
  • Brown, E. (2015). “Wearing Your Heart Rate on Your Sleeve: Comparing and Improving the Legal Protection of Mobile Sensor-Generated Health Data at Work. ” Presented at the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research Privacy Scholars Law Conference Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Brown, E. (2015). “Fit to Work: Improving the Security of Monitored Employees' Health Data ” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual conference Philadelphia, PA
  • Brown, E., Bird, R. (2015). “A Pragmatic Approach to Incorporating Flextime into the Working Time Directive” Presented at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law Bloomington, Indiana
  • Brown, E. (2015). “Shaping the New National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct” Presented at the Bentley University 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium Waltham, MA
  • Brown, E. (2015). “Big Data Science and Analytics: Looming Policy Challenges with Academic Opportunities” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Academy of Legal Studies in Business annual conference Philadelphia, PA
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Managing the Legal Nexus Between Intellectual Property and Employees” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference Seattle, WA
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have” Presented at the Boston Bar Association Life After Law Boston, MA
  • Brown, E. (2014). “How Do I Find My Next Job?” Presented at the Better After 50 She Did It Wellesley, MA
  • Brown, E. (2014). “What’s Fair Now About Fair Use: Copyright Law After Cariou” Presented at the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Conference Lowell, MA
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Protecting Trade Secrets in a Global Economy” Presented at the International Business Academics Consortium (iBAC) and Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research (ATISR) 2014 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS AND INFORMATION Osaka, Japan
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Taking Pictures: Copyright After Cariou” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference Seattle, WA
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have” Presented at the New York City Bar Association New York City Bar Association New York, NY
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Developing an Alternative Career” Presented at the Pace University Law School New Directions New York, NY
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have” Presented at the New York State Bar Association Finding Work You Love New York, NY
  • Brown, E. (2014). “Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have” Presented at the Harvard Coop Finding Work You Love Cambridge, MA
  • Brown, E. (2013). “Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have” Presented at the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts Life After Law Boston, MA
  • Brown, E. (2013). “Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have” Presented at the Harvard Women's Law Association Life After Law Cambridge, MA
  • Brown, E. (2013). “My Brilliant But Unusual Career” Presented at the Harvard Law School Alumni Association Celebration 60 (Harvard Law Alumnae) Cambridge, MA
  • Brown, E. (2013). “Finding Professional Joy After Law School” Presented at the Women's Bar Association of Maine Annual Meeting Portland, ME
  • Brown, E. (2013). “Best Practices in Teaching Business Law” Presented at the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association NARBLA Annual Conference Boston, MA
  • Brown, E. (2012). “How Do You Teach Law to Entrepreneurs?” Presented at the Academy for Legal Studies in Business ALSB Annual Conference Kansas City, MO
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Chair for Hiring Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Committee 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member for GB110 Self-Study Committee 2017 - 2018
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Communications Working Group of Return to Campus Committee 2020 - Present
  • Associate Editor for Fusio Undergraduate Research Journal 2019 - Present
  • Committee Member for Health Thought Leadership Network 2018 - Present
  • University Senate for Bentley Faculty Senate Planning Committee 2018 - Present
  • Representative of Law, Tax and FP Department for Law, Tax and Financial Planning Senator 2015 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor for Bentley Microfinance Journal 2012 - Present
  • Committee Member for Bentley Research Council 2018 - 2020
  • Task Force Member for Undergraduate Curriculum Task Force 2019 - 2019
  • Guest Speaker for Research Presentation to Honor Phillip Sharp 2018 - 2018
  • Guest Speaker for "Guess the Straight Person" Campus Event 2018 - 2018
  • Guest Speaker for Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends - 2018
  • Task Force Member for GB110 Self-Study Team 2017 - 2018
  • Guest Speaker for "How to Excel in GB110" 2017 - 2017
  • Guest Speaker for "Guest the Straight Person" Event - 2017
  • Departmental Representative for Bentley Open House for Prospective Students 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Student Affairs Committee 2016 - 2017
  • Guest Speaker for "Dresses to Dreams" Bentley Student Group 2017 - 2017
  • Faculty panel member for Bentley University: Academic Integrity Hearing 2017 - 2017
  • Guest Speaker for "Guess the Straight Person" Event 2016 - 2016
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Academic Affairs - 2014
  • Guest Speaker for Emerging Leaders MBA Program - 2013
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Fusio, Bentley University 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member for House of Delegates to the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) 2015 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for American Business Law Journal 2015 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Legal Studies in Education 2015 - Present
  • Editor (Associate), Journal for Business Law Review 2014 - Present
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past for Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Employment Law Section 2019 - 2020
  • Board of Advisors of a Company for banava, Inc. 2016 - 2018
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Employment and Labor Law 2015 - 2018
  • Discussant for Invited Scholars papers for American Business Law Journal 2016 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2015 - 2015
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Employment and Labor Law 2013 - 2013