Luis Villa

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Luis Villa
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Luis Villa in April 2013
Alma mater Columbia Law School
Occupation Lawyer

Luis Villa is an American attorney and programmer who worked as Deputy General Counsel and then as Senior Director of Community Engagement at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously he was an attorney at Mozilla, [1] where he worked on the revision of the Mozilla Public License (MPL). He continued that work in his next job at Greenberg Traurig [2] where he was part of the team defending Google against Oracle's claims concerning Android. [3] [ non-primary source needed ] Prior to graduating from Columbia Law School in 2009, he was an employee at Ximian, [4] which was acquired by Novell in 2003. He spent a year as a "senior geek in residence" at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society [5] working on [6] He has been elected four times to the board of the GNOME Foundation. [7] He was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and blogs regularly. [4] He was a director of the Open Source Initiative from April 2012 to March 2015. [8] [9]


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